The scientific name Malus sylvestris means "forest apple". This deciduous tree is typically found growing in the wild in woods containing oak and is a food source for many undomesticated animals. It can grow individually or in a small group along forest edges, thickets hedgerows, and roadsides as well as in a variety of soils, including clay. It prefers a sunny location but will grow in partial shade. However, a sunny location with moist soil will provide the most fruits.