Cameron University continues its tree-planting tradition on Friday, December 9 at noon with the planting of a Crabapple tree in Cameron Park. Members of the Biology Club, the Aggie Club and Beta Beta Beta have been invited to participate in the planting. The new Crabapple will replace a tree of the same species that is part of Cameron Tree Tour.
“Cameron Park is a place of peace and serenity, where many students find a quiet yet pastoral setting to study whenever weather permits,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Chair, Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “As stewards of the land, we are committed to maintaining the park setting for students and visitors to campus.”
Crabapple trees are popular ornamentals, providing blossoms in the spring and colorful fruit in the fall.
Crabapples look like miniature apples. In fact, the defining distinction between crabapples and apples is the size. Any apple tree of the Malus genus that produces fruit larger than 2 inches in diameter is an apple; any Malus that produces fruit that is always smaller than 2 inches is a crabapple. The fruit itself is small and sour-tasting. Crabapples are an excellent source of pectin and can be used to make jelly, jam and apple butter. They can also be pickled.
December 8 , 2016