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Royal Beauty

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. Their small size makes them very popular with small birds, which can eat them whole.

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 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).


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.

After a while you may notice the branches grow long enough to start trailing on the ground. If you don't like this you can prune the branches back by about 30cm on a mild day in the winter.

Royal Beauty characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plant
  • Growth habitWeeping
  • Flower colourCrimson
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Crimson Cascade
    Malus x purpurea
    Crimson Cascade
    A new weeping crab-apple with dusky pink blossom and small dark red fruitlets.
  • See also Louisa
    Malus
    Louisa
  • See also Sun Rival
    Malus
    Sun Rival
    A good alternative to Royal Beauty, with arguably more attractive spring blossom.

What will it look like?

Illustrative examples of pot-grown trees 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 Royal Beauty crab apple tree
Malus Royal Beauty crab apple tree
Malus Royal Beauty top-worked
Malus Royal Beauty top-worked

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.