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Malus Rudolph

Crab Apple

Historic variety - a great all rounder

A brilliant mix of red, pink, purple and copper tones. Pale rose-pink flowers appear in late spring ahead of the young copper-red leaves. The leaves change to bronze-green with purple tones as the summer progresses and finally take on a clear-yellow tone in autumn. Long red fruits cover the tree in autumn.


A pollution tolerant tree that is suitable for town and cottage gardens, and prefers to grow in full sun.


Plant it in any moist, well-drained soil.

Malus Rudolph was developed in the 1950s and is a highly rated disease resistant variety.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 470 cm - 600 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting August - October

Typically available

From February to September