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Sun Rival

Sun Rival is a good all-round weeping ornamental crab apple. The blossom is profuse, going from pink-bud to white fully open flowers.

The fruits are small, light red in colour, and hang like cherries.

Sun Rival grows with a distinctive semi-weeping habit, with branches often reaching the ground.

Sun Rival crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £25.00
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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Next deliveries

Deliveries from 30th November for pot grown or December onwards for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Sun Rival has good disease resistance (even by crab apple standards).

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.

Sun Rival characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plant
  • Growth habitWeeping
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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 Royal Beauty
    Malus
    Royal Beauty
    Royal Beauty is a compact weeping crab apple with crimson blossom and small crimson berry-like fruitlets.

What will it look like?

Illustrative examples of 12L 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.

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Malus Sun Rival crab-apple tree
Malus Sun Rival 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.