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Malus Sun Rival


Crab Apple

Perfect for a smaller garden

This semi-weeping tree has an unusual umbrella-like shape. In April and May the delicate arching branches are studded in white flowers that open from pink buds. Bright red cherry-shaped fruits appear later in the summer and are loved by birds in the winter months.


This tree is ideal for town and country gardens, prefering to grow in full sun.


Grow in any well-drained fertile soil.

Malus Sun Rival is 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 April - April
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 310 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 15 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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