A extremely attractive small crab apple tree, Royal Beauty (Malus 'Royal Beauty') is distinguished by its slender, hanging, reddish stems of bronze-purple foliage. In May its purple-red to deep pink flowers are a real show, this followed in Autumn by dark red crab apples which is then followed by bronzed yellow leaves. The crab apples last well into the winter which should keep the birds coming back to your garden. Super glue on the branches or peanuts on a string are other ways of keeping birds in your garden but then you may have a few visits from various government organisations about this.
Good for small gardens as this tree can be expected to attain a height of 2.5m (8ft) with a similar spread. It is also good for large gardens but will obviously look small if surrounded by lots of bigger trees!
Considered to be clay tolerant which means if clay turns up at the door unexpectedly that it will silently "harumph" with a discreet eye role but still put the kettle on.
Royal Beauty is supplied at of height of between 1.25 and 1.75 metres and in a 12 litre container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
Should we be out of stock of Malus Royal Beauty then Malus Sun Rival is a similar weeping crab apple tree.
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Multiple Order Discount
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Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Crab Apple Trees Listed As Patio
Any Crab apple tree listed as suitable for patio growing means that it has most likely been grafted onto an M27 rootstock giving it an ultimate height of around 1.5 metres. The standard 12 Litre options are usually grafted onto MM106 rootstock and ultimate heights are determined be each species. Contact us first if rootstocks are important to you.
Crab Apple Disease Resistance
Crab apple trees are generally resistant to disease but those that seem to be considerably less prone to problems are Admiration, Pink Glow, Wedding Bouquet, ButterBall, Cardinal, Comtesa De Paris, Elk River, Coralburst, Donald Wyman, Golden Gem, Gorgeous, Indian Magic, Jelly King, Louisa, Prairie Fire, Rudolf, Sun Rival, Tina, Scarlett, Transitoria, Guardsman and White Star.
Crab Apple Pollinators
Crab apples have long flowering periods which makes them very useful as pollination partners. Many commercial orchards inter-plant crab apples with normal apple trees to increase fruit yield.
Crab Apple Drought Resistance
Generally speaking, Crab Apples tolerate drought reasonably well.
Sun Or Shade For Crab Apples
For best results from the flowers and fruits, a full sun position is preferred however light shade is acceptable. Excessive shade will lead to less flowers and fruits, a more open canopy and problems with Powdery Mildew. Shade and poor drainage is a good combination for bacterial and fungal issues.
Crab Apple Suckering
If your Crab Apple has been grafted (many are) then you may experience small green shoots growing out the side of the tree below the graft point (around 10-30cm above ground) Remove these by rubbing your hand across the bark or snapping off. These will not grow as the original tree you purchased.