Malus Royal Beauty

Royal Beauty crab apple
  • Flower colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark

Malus Royal Beauty is a classic weeping crab apple, with cascading crimson blossom in the spring.

In autumn the tiny crimson hawthorn-like fruitlets provide further interest.

Royal Beauty is an excellent choice if you want a feature weeping tree in a relatively small space.

Our 2-year pot-grown trees are likely to blossom in the spring following planting.

Royal Beauty trees for sale

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

What will it look like?

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

  • Malus Royal Beauty crab apple treeMalus Royal Beauty crab apple tree
  • Malus Royal Beauty top-workedMalus Royal Beauty top-worked

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).

How to grow

If you wish to have more control over the height at which the branches start to weep, we sometimes have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety. These can be trained up to about 2m or more using a heavy-duty bamboo cane, giving a bit more height than we usually aim for with our container-grown trees.

Royal Beauty characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Crimson
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Louisa
  • See also Sun Rival
    Sun Rival
    A good alternative to Royal Beauty, with arguably more attractive spring blossom.

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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