Royalty Crabapple (Malus ‘Royalty’)
The Royalty Crabapple is an ornamental tree with brilliant color and edible fruit. Imagine this impressive specimen as a shade or street tree in your yard! Fragrant blooms, fantastic color and year-round interest, you can easily see why this is one of the top ornamental flowering trees available!
Royalty Crabapple Tree (Malus ‘Royalty’) is one of the best small trees for outstanding color! It’s simply one of the most beautiful trees you’ll ever own. Just the leaves alone are a study in grandeur! Their emergence in spring will clothe your tree in a cacophony of purple hues, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
The spring foliage will be rivaled by the deep pink flowers that will beckon pollinators with their lovely sweet fragrance. Complementing the near red flowers, the purple-red foliage combination creates a striking effect upon your emerging spring landscape!
All summer your tree will be filled out in reddish-purple foliage that fades to green and then bursts into autumn with red-orange fall color. Fall also brings ripened small dangling gems in the form of dark red fruit that will provide a beneficial food source for your wildlife! The fruit tends to hang on into winter for added seasonal interest.
There will always be a new shade or hue to enjoy from this tree! Vivid pinks, reds, violets, greens, burgundy, rich purples and violets, and rusty orange, each new season brings a wardrobe change for the Royalty Crabapple!
Use as fantastic street trees, these will also look incredible lining your driveway! You’ll bump up the curb appeal of your home immensely with a row of this flowering ornamental beauty adorning your landscape! The blooms along will have folks slowing down as they drive past your home!
A gorgeous accent tree at the corner of your home’s foundation planting or taking a prominent place in the front yard, these specimen trees are the crown jewel of landscape designs!
Plant one around your back patio or seating areas where you’ll be able to enjoy their shade and beauty all season! Be sure to situate one outside a window you frequently walk by, just to witness the change of seasons unfold on this glorious tree!
Flowering Crabs are always go-to trees for their prolific bloom and showy fruit sets! Combined with Royalty’s foliage color changes and incredible cold hardiness, and you’ll have a wonderful tree no matter where you end up planting it!
Just like their Apple tree cousins, the fruit is edible and often used in jams and jellies.
Very cold hardy deciduous trees, Royalty thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 7. This magnificent tree grows up to 20 feet tall and about 20 feet wide when mature. You will want to plant this tree in full sun with well-drained soil for the best growth possible!
Plant Royalty in enriched soil that drains well. Keep young trees well-watered and do not allow them to dry out between waterings until they’re established. Mature and established trees, while drought-tolerant, do best with a weekly watering schedule, maintaining moderate, yet consistent access to moisture in times of need.
For best results, top dress with 3-4 inches of mulch over the top of the root system for all your new landscape plants to buffer the soil temperatures, and maintain even moisture.
Plant in an area that is protected from frost pockets and with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Head over to read more on Crabapple Tree Care in our Garden Blog where more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Crabapple Tree Information can be found!
This tree won’t require much work from yourself to maintain its fantastic color display!
|Common name||Royalty Crabapple|
|Botanical name||Malus 'Royalty'|
|Height||15 - 20 ft.|
|Width||15 - 20 ft.|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|
|Flower color||Dark Pink to Red|