Malus Royalty - Crab Apple Tree
Malus Royalty is an excellent crab apple tree for the wildlife garden. With masses of rich-pink open blossoms in April and May, followed by wine...Read More
Malus Royalty is an excellent crab apple tree for the wildlife garden. With masses of rich-pink open blossoms in April and May, followed by wine-coloured crab apples. The fruits stay on the tree for a long time providing a handsome feast for the birds in the critical seasons of autumn and winter.
The abundance of spring flowers attracts a wealth of pollinating insects which in turn encourages a rich variety of insectivorous garden birds like warblers, flycatchers and wrens at breeding and brood-rearing time. Attracting garden and woodland birds in your garden to breed encourages them to stay and add to the thriving habitat of your garden.
Malus Royalty’s wine-red fruit is numerous borne so there will be a wealth of nutritious fruit for birds such as blackbirds and other members of the thrush family including winter visitors, fieldfares and redwings, and even flocks of waxwings.
Malus Royalty has beautiful, rich purple autumn leaf-colour to match the colour of the fruit. Tolerant of pollution and happy in most soil types including clay Royalty will thrive in a number of habitats including rural and urban spaces.
In winter the bare branches form convenient roosting places for colonising birds such as long-tailed tits and form perfect perches for nocturnal birds like tawny owls.
How to plant your tree
This bare-root variety arrives to you as a bare-root plant fully-labelled with its roots surrounded by a polythene bag to give the roots a good, humid environment.
There should be some healthy roots which will develop strongly in the ground over winter. The stems are bare on arrival- this is perfectly fine- and will start to grow and develop leaves in spring the following year when the weather warm up.
Bare-root plants are perfect for you to plant in the ground or in containers anytime from autumn to spring. The head of leaves and stems will burst into leaf and flower from next spring, and a good root network which will establish in the ground over winter.
Remove the polythene bag and water the root area of your bare-root plant on arrival. Try to plant straight away but if this is not possible your plant will survive up to two or three days with its roots buried in some loose moist soil. Keep out of direct-sun.
Once planted in rich, moist soil provide a thick layer of compost on the surface around the plant will keep the soil area warm and the roots stimulated for over winter.
Eventual height at 10 years: 4-8m (13-26ft)
Supplied as bare-root tree.
Delivery from November to early April.