Malus ‘Sun Rival’ is a statement tree that is unusual and most definitely eye catching. It is one of the best semi-weeping Crab Apple trees. The tree features small, daintily arching branches, which at times sweep to the ground. The umbrella shaped branches are filled with white flowers that open from dark pink buds.
Once the Malus ‘Sun Rival’ Crab Apple tree has flowered, bright vivid red crab apples burst forth in the autumn months. The tree then offers bright red fruits which last well into the winter and droop from the branches in a ‘cherry-like’ bunches. The green foliage that appears in the spring turns to a deep yellow colour in Autumn before falling.
The tree’s yearly fruitful yield may be a little on the small side to use in your culinary creations. The fruit however, will not go to waste. Not only do they provide an incredible display for winter but also provide food for the indigenous wildlife in your garden. The bees find the flowers most attractive due to their rich pollen and nectar supply.
Malus ‘Sun Rival’ is a small tree that will grow to a height of 3m and a spread of 3m in a 20 year period. It will do well in all soil types but prefers fertile, well drained soil. This tree has been given an RHS Award of Garden Merit and will grow perfectly in your urban garden as it can handle pollution well. It is one of the few Crab Apple trees that are completely disease free, making it even more easy to plant and grow. It will also flourish as a potted plant when given the correct care.
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