Crabapples are some of the most stunning trees in the temperate, springtime, landscape and yet are underutilized. Perhaps this is due to the fruit-drop, though proper placement can usually negate that factor, and that same fruit drop is such a blessing to wildlife. But if one would consider a Crabapple tree, then a particular standout would be Flowering Crabapple 'Royalty', or Malus 'Royalty'. All Crabapples are standouts of course, but this one seems particularly loaded with dazzle. It is covered in such rich, deep-pink flowers at the end of winter that it will literally stop traffic. And the foliage is just as dramatic for this is one of the purple-leaved varieties. Its foliage opens a glistening purple in spring, then greenish-purple in summer and finally puts on one last and most brilliant purple in autumn. The charming red-purple fruits are then left to adorn the branches throughout autumn and the first half of winter. This is truly four-season interest with one effect after another. Since it only grows 20 to 25 feet high with about a 15 foot spread, it can be accommodated in most gardens. 'Royalty' crabapple prefers cool summers and can withstand quite a bit of cold. It thrives across the UK, and Lower Ontario and the upper half of the US. It prefers well drained soil and full sunlight.

Royalty crabapple


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