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Royalty crab apple trees

Malus domestica
Royalty
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Blossom colour: Red - dark
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
Malus Royalty has bright purple-red blossom, dark green-bronze leaves, and dark red fruitlets.

Royalty crab apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £71.50< 5 in stock
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £44.00
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Malus Royalty is a neat compact ornamental crab apple, and arguably one of the best varieties if you want a bronze-leaved form.

The young leaves have a purple-bronze colour when they emerge, which becomes a bronzed dark green over the summer.

Like most bronze-leaf varieties, the spring flowers are an attractive solid dark purple-red colour, and the fruitlets are a deep red colour.

How to grow

Malus Royalty is not as disease-resistant as most crab apple varieties, although much of the reason for this poor reputation comes from its great susceptibility to fireblight - a disease which can be devastating in some areas of the USA but is not virulent in the UK.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Malus Royalty was developed in Sutherland, Saskatchewan, Canada, in the 1960s by W.L. Kerr. It is one of a series collectively known as 'Rosybloom' crab-apples. These are hybrids derived from Malus 'Niedzwetzkyana', a unique red-fleshed crab-apple from central Asia which has been the starting point for almost all the bronze-leaved and purple-flowering crab-apple varieties we see today. As well as the strong anthocyanin pigmentation in the stems, leaves, flowers and fruits, most of these varieties are also very cold-hardy. 

Royalty characteristics

Growing

  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile

Using

  • Picking seasonMid

Problems

  • Disease resistancePoor

Identification

  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Blossom colourRed - dark
  • Fruit colourRed - dark