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Comtesse de Paris

Comtesse de Paris crab-apples

Comtesse de Paris is a popular crab-apple with small dark green leaves and bright yellow fruitlets. The blossom is pure white once fully open, but like many white-flowered crab-apples the buds are initially pink as they begin to open.

The fruits continue to hang on the tree well into December, even after the leaves have fallen.

Comtess de Paris is also a very good pollinator of late-flowering apple trees and cider-apple trees.

Comtesse de Paris crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £19.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


Comtesse de Paris was awarded the RHS AGM in 2013, and is now the recommended yellow-fruited crab-apple. The award was withdrawn from the previously recommended yellow-fruited crab-apple, Golden Hornet. Comtesse de Paris has many of the same qualities as Golden Hornet, but is less susceptible to scab and grows with a more balanced form. However Golden Hornet remains an excellent alternative.

Comtesse de Paris characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruit
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourYellow
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Fruit sizeAverage
  • Country of originFrance
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesJam / Jelly
  • Fruit persistencePersistent

Similar varieties

  • See also Golden Hornet
    Malus x zumi
    Golden Hornet
    A traditional yellow-fruited crab-apple.
  • See also Red Sentinel
    Malus x robusta
    Red Sentinel
    Has persistent fruits like Comtesse de Paris - but coloured red.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Malus Comtesse de Paris crab apple tree

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We list more than 40 different crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.