There are several varieties of small apples, from the tiny toyon to the crabapple. Certain growing techniques, such as dwarfing and hybrid grafts, can also yield very small fruit from apple seeds.
The smallest member of the apple family (Rosacea) actually grows on a shrub. Commonly known as the toyon or Christmas berry, this plant native to California produces fruit in the apple family that is more recognized as a berry. These apples are often smaller than a penny.
Perhaps the most well-known apple of small stature is the crabapple. While the fruit is too tart and sour for many tastes, it is often combined with other apple varieties and sweeteners to produce jellies.
The Lady apple is one of the smaller apples that actually comes closest to standard apple varieties in flavor, color, and texture. The Pink Lady, originally developed in Australia, averages 2 inches in circumference.
Dwarfing produces smaller trees that mature more quickly to produce fruit for commercial uses. Dwarf apples are often less than three inches in size.
Grafting and infusion has produced small varieties of apples. The Grapple is a small apple that is infused with grape extract, producing a very sweet fruit.
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