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Rudolph crab apple blossom

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.

Rudolph crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £33.50
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £51.00
    In a 7L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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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.


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 characteristics

  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruit
  • Flower colourPink
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Fruit colourPurple
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Country of originCanada
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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 Rudolph 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.