Malus Comtesse de Paris

Comtesse de Paris crab-apples
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  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit colour: Yellow

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 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 The award was withdrawn from the previously recommended yellow-fruited crab-apple, Golden Hornet.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 trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Comtesse de Paris tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
2-year Comtesse de Paris tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Malus Comtesse de Paris crab apple tree

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Comtesse de Paris characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: France
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators

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.

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We have a very wide range of 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.

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