posted on May 03, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Denise Yockey
Dewitt, Mich - Michigan apple trees are blooming throughout the state, promising a strong harvest. The Apple Blossom is the state flower of Michigan and covers apple orchards in early May. This sure sign of spring entreats lucky onlookers as well as bees for pollination.
After more than 100 years of recognition as Michigan's state flower, the Apple Blossom has come to be known for a sweet scent and delicate petals. The flower usually remains on the apple tree through mid-May, depending on weather conditions.
The Apple Blossom varies in color according to the breed of apple tree and is best recognized as white or pink. Flowering crabapples which bloom a bright red or even purple are often used in orchards to lure bees into the orchard rows for pollination.
Since the Apple Blossom is a member of the rose family, it is known for its aesthetic beauty as well as the promise of apples in the fall. A driving tour of apple orchards is the perfect treat for a warm spring afternoon. Consult MichiganApples.com for locations of farm markets and orchards that may be in bloom.
The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.