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Malus 'Royal Beauty'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Pendulous/Weeping

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple and Dark Red in Spring

Foliage

Green and Purple in Summer
Purple and Red in Spring

Fruit

Dark Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

apple 'Royal Beauty'

Family

Rosaceae


Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

'Royal Beauty' is a small weeping tree with red-purple young leaves becoming purplish-green in the summer; single, deep reddish-purple flowers 5cm wide in late spring are followed by small, ovoid dark red fruits

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Best grown in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. It will tolerate partial shade, however purple leaved cultivars such as this one are is best grown in full sun for good leaf colour to develop

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by budding in late summer. Grafting can be carried out in midwinter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite and caterpillars may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by apple scab, apple canker and powdery mildews