Crab Apple Malus Rudolf

Description & features

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£48.00
30L pot size / 2.4-3.5m
£132.00

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
06-08cm girth / 2.4-2.75m
£59.40
Volume discount 1-2 3-9 10+
06-08cm girth / 2.4-2.75m £59.40 £49.50 £44.70

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All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

MALUS RUDOLF – Crab Apple

Characteristics

A small upright tree with large showy single rose-red flowers the leaves open purple and then fade to a dark green in summer. It will grow quickly to about 6m (20ft).

Rudolf is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves appear. It has attractive brick red-tipped dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves turn yellow and orange in autumn.

Where to grow

Crab Apples grow best in fertile, moist, deep, loamy soils.  They will do best with a little protection from exposure and wind if they are to flower and fruit well, as they depend upon insect pollination.  They will not tolerate very wet or waterlogged soils.  If the ground is stony or nutrient poor, add some compost to the backfill when planting.

Did you know?

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a fictional reindeer with a glowing red nose. He is popularly known as "Santa's 9th Reindeer" and, when depicted, is the lead reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. The luminosity of his nose is so great that it illuminates the team's path through inclement winter weather.  He first appeared in 1939.

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Yellow
Leaf
Purple/Red
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
Red
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
May
Berries / fruit colour
Black
Red
Uses
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Yellow
Leaf
Purple/Red
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
Red
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
May
Berries / fruit colour
Black
Red
Uses
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Emma West on 07/04/2019

Does this tree bear fruit? Am I too late to plant it now?

By Simon on 09/04/2019

Hello Emma,

Thank you for your question. Yes the Malus Rudolf does have crab apples, but they are not really edible, though they can be used to make crab apple jelly.

You can plant a container grown tree at any time of year.

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