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Tree comparisons



Crab-apple trees
Jelly King

Maple
Crimson King

Birch
Snow Queen

Flowering cherry tree
Royal Burgundy

Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet

White blossom followed by large orange-red fruits which are ideal for making crab-apple jelly.Crimson King is a tree fast-growing maple with purple leaves which turn red in the autumn.An attractive tree, and one of the best forms of the Himalayan birch, with a bright white stem.Royal Burgundy is a flowering cherry, related to Prunus Kanzan with striking red purple foliage combined with double pink flowers.A popular small hawthorn with distinctive dark pink blossom with white centres.
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Growing


Crab-apple trees
Jelly King
Maple
Crimson King
Birch
Snow Queen
Flowering cherry tree
Royal Burgundy
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Attractive featuresAttractive flowers
Attractive fruit
Attractive tree / plant
Attractive foliage
Autumn foliage colour
Attractive bark
Autumn foliage colour
Attractive flowers
Autumn foliage colour
Height 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
Growth habitUpright
Upright
Upright-spreading
Upright-spreading
Upright-spreading
Growth rateAverage
VigourVigorous
Average vigour
Average vigour
Vigorous
Site conditionsOccasional flooding
Occasional drought
Coastal site
Occasional flooding
SunlightTolerates shade
Prefers full sun
Prefers full sun
Some shade
Tolerates shade
Prefers full sun
Useful forOpen spaces
Street / amenity
Specimen planting
Open spaces
Street / amenity
Specimen planting
Open spaces
Blossom durationAverage (2-3 weeks)
Hardiness rating (RHS)H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
PruningLight prune
Do not prune
Light prune
Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
Disease resistanceGood
Good
Gardening skillSuitable for beginners
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for beginners
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Identification


Crab-apple trees
Jelly King
Maple
Crimson King
Birch
Snow Queen
Flowering cherry tree
Royal Burgundy
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Country of originNew Zealand
Belgium
United States
United Kingdom
Flowering monthApril
April
May
Flowering seasonMid-season
Flower colourWhite
Pink - dark
Pink - dark
Flower formDouble flower (25-50 petals)
Double flower (25-50 petals)
Leaf colourGreen
Dark purple
Green
Bronze
Green
Leaf colour - youngDark bronze
Leaf colour - autumnYellow / Crimson
Yellow
Orange / Red
Fruit colourOrange / Red
Red
Fruit sizeLarge
Small
Annual cycleDeciduous
Deciduous
Deciduous
Deciduous
AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
RHS Award of Garden Merit
RHS Award of Garden Merit
BarkWhite
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Using


Crab-apple trees
Jelly King
Maple
Crimson King
Birch
Snow Queen
Flowering cherry tree
Royal Burgundy
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Fruit persistencePersistent
WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
Attractive to birds
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