Malus Roberts Red crab apple trees

Malus Roberts Red crab-apple tree
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  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing | Cider 
  • Pollination partners

Roberts Red is a crab-apple grown primarily for culinary uses. The crab-apples are quite large (the size of small apples) and have a deep red flesh, which lends an attractive different colour to jams and jellies.

The red flesh also contains high levels of anthocynanin compounds, which may have anti-oxidant qualities.

As you might expect, the juice is an unusual claret colour.

The spring blossom is dark pink, and like many crab-apples with crimson or dark red blossom the leaves have a bronze tint. This variety is named for its red flesh - the crab-apples, which ripen in late summer, actually have a very unusual and distinctive purple colour.

Malus Roberts Red crab apple trees for sale

Delivery from 16th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Semi-vigorous rootstock £19.95Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Malus Roberts Red


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit


  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for cider
  • Juice style: Sharper


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Blossom colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Single flower (up to 8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Bronze


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Malus Roberts Red

Malus Roberts Red is in flowering group 2. Malus Roberts Red is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Like most crab-apples it blooms over a long period and is therefore a good pollinator for other apple and cider-apple varieties flowering at the same time.

Historical details

The origins of Roberts Red unknown, although it is thought to have been grown in the West Country as a cider apple. It is also known as Dr Campbell.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Roberts Red'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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