Malus Rudolph

Rudolph crab apple blossom
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Purple

Malus 'Rudolph' has perhaps the largest flowers of any crab-apple, they can be up to 5cm across, and are an intense dark pink colour.

The fruits in contrast are small and berry-like, and an attractive red-purple colour.

The leaves are bronze/purple when young.

Malus Rudolph was developed in Canada, and is related to Malus 'Niedzwetzkyana', from which it inherits the purple-tints in its leaves, blossom, and fruits.

Rudolph trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Rudolph tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Rudolph tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m 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 Rudolph 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).

How to grow

Like many of the bronze or purple-leaved crab-apples, Malus Rudolph is susceptible to fireblight, although this is not usually an issue for UK growers.

Rudolph characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Dark purple
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


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

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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