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Royal Raindrops® Crabapple features refined, uniquely shaped leaves, as well as flowers, fruits and fall color for year-round appeal. It is good for homes, streets, parks and commercial landscapes.

Tree of the Month: Royal Raindrops® Crabapple

 By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


Trade Name: Royal Raindrops® Crabapple

Botanical Name: Malus ‘JFS-KW5’

Plant Patent: #14375

Parentage: Seedling selected by Keith Warren at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Nursery

Family: Ulmaceae

Year of Introduction: 2007

Height: 20 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Form: Upright spreading shape

Bloom Period: Early spring

Flower: Magenta blooms

Fruit: Tiny, 1/4-inch diameter, persistent, sparkling red, prized by wildlife, add winter interest

Spring Foliage: Leaves emerge glossy deep purple

Summer Foliage: Deep-purple cutleaf foliage

Autumn Foliage: Fall color is bronze, orange-red, and purple

Winter Color: Persistent red fruits

Bark: Dark brown to gray, flaky with age

Hardiness Zone*: 4 to 9

Growth Rate:  Fast, quickly gains caliper while developing a sturdy, well-tapered trunk

Site Requirements: Tolerates urban conditions, prefers moist soils, any pH; very heat and drought tolerant

Pest Resistance: Resistant to the four major diseases

Storm Resistance: Excellent due to strong upright branches, strong wind tolerance

Salt Resistance: Good

Planting: Easily transplanted, fibrous root system, spring only

Pruning: Prune in late summer, if needed

Propagating: Rooted cuttings, budding or grafts

Design Uses: Fine texture; good for homes, streets, parks and commercial landscapes. Deep roots will not cause sidewalks to buckle.

Companions: Looks good with evergreen ground covers

Other Comments: Refined, uniquely shaped leaves, flowers, fruits and fall color give year-round appeal

Available from: Most large nurseries


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


This information has been gathered from personal observations of the author, living in New England — Zone 5, and information provided by J. Frank Schmidt & Son nursery. Len Phillips can be reached via email at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com

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