Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003
Crab apple is a type of apple tree and yes you can use it for smoking. There are approximately 55 known types of Malus (apple) trees.
In Michael Pollan's book "The Botany of Desire" a quarter of the book is devoted is devoted to apples... There are orders of magnitude more varieties of Malus
than just 55. The Russian apple forest is an incredible thing...
My grandfather was an applegrower and he had one special tree he grafted with 26 different varieties of apples. He also grafted it with roses of many colors and blooming cycles. Every year that tree produced the most spectacular crop of apples and roses. He tended it carefully for decades.
The spring he died the apple never leafed out. I have the initial root graft piece of wood from the tree and turned a free form bowl from half. The other half is waiting on inspiration. He died in '92...