Malus Sun Rival

  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Fruit colour: Red

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 trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Sun Rival tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
2-year Sun Rival 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.

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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

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.

Sun Rival characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • 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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