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Royalty Flowering Crabapple

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Attractive and low-maintenance. In early spring, fragrant royal-red clusters bloom along the branches. Deep burgundy foliage shimmers throughout the round canopy of this upright growing tree all summer long. Come fall, cherry-sized deep red fruit makes an excellent food source for wildlife. Fruit hangs into winter, providing colorful seasonal interest. Cold-hardy. Matures to be 12-15' tall and wide.

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Bloom Color Purple, Red
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
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Need some smaller resistant fruit for wildlife
Al B on Mar 4, 2019
Helps HONEYBEES and wildlife!
Roger F on May 2, 2017
Need some smaller resistant fruit for wildlife
Al B on Mar 4, 2019
Size, appearance, wildlife food.
Beth B on Feb 25, 2019
Helps HONEYBEES and wildlife!
Roger F on May 2, 2017
Color and shape
KYLE E on Oct 10, 2016
Color of flowers and leafs
Dennis P on Apr 12, 2016
Gift for a friend to decorate around a new home.
Lacey T on Feb 21, 2016
Size, appearance, wildlife food.
Beth B on Feb 25, 2019
Color and shape
KYLE E on Oct 10, 2016
Is the Royalty crabapple a universal pollinator for most apple trees?
peaches on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In addition to being a lovely tree, it does work as a great pollen source! Due to its time and duration in bloom, it overlaps the bloom times of most apple trees.
Will this tree work in an area with only afternoon sun?
Duane S on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have both of mine where they only get afternoon sun. They are both doing great.. fertilize in feb with 10 10 10. Thrown around drip line after a lite pruning for shape
Will this pollinate a honey crisp?
Joey A on May 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is enough overlap in the bloom times for pollination to occur.
Will Royalty pollinate a gravenstein apple? Does Royalty have fall color?
DeNae S on Jul 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Yes, Royalty (or any crabapple) will pollinate a Gravenstein. The fall color of Royalty is a brilliant deep-purple and is quite striking.

Customer Reviews

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Nice tree :)
This is a very nice tree. The foliage is a lovely shade of purple. I am actually surprised by how well it's doing. We have sandy soil and very bitter winters here in Wisconsin and it's growing beautifully!
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Royalty Crabapple
A fast growing tree with excellent color. Unfortunately it seems very susceptible to
disease and needs to be sprayed regularly with a fungicide and insecticide. This will be a big problem when the tree grows larger.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Royalty Flowering Crabapple
I highly recommend this product! I had never ordered a tree before. When it arrived, it looked like a dead twig. I didn't know what to think.We followed the directions precisely. Within days there were signs of life.Within a couple of months we actually saw leaves and little branches! It is now one year old and I wish I could show it to you. It is branching out beautifully and has made a wonderful addition to my front yard. I would not hesitate to buy another product.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
beautiful tree
My tree was planted last year so it's not very big yet, but I can already tell it will be a lovely shaped tree in the future. It's healthy and growing robustly and the beautiful plum color will be a gorgeous addition to our landscape.
May 22, 2016
over 5 years ago
great tree
ordered this tree last spring. it comes small, looks like a twig, but if you follow the instructions and keep it watered it grows quickly. The spring its really grew and has beautiful flowers. Great buy
May 17, 2018
over 3 years ago
Beautiful Tree
My father had a flowering crabapple tree out on the farm. He always wanted a "red" tree and this one was one he liked. My wife wanted a "red" tree in the front lawn. I planted this tree and it's beautiful. It's only about 4 foot high so far, but we really love this tree.
May 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
Flowering crabapple
Tree arrived in great condition and good sized. It looks very healthy this spring and almost ready to bloom.
May 11, 2018
over 3 years ago
Fine tree, but not ideal for pollinating other apple trees
I'll try to give this a thoughtful four-star review.

I bought these trees to put on the outside of my apple orchard, thinking that they would help pollinate the apples and give some nice color change foliage wise on the borders of the orchard.

Like most apple growers, I spray my apples. I try to keep sprays to a minimum and have a general preference for organic treatments. Accordingly, I carefully choose which apples I plant in which locations so that I reduce fungal and disease pressures while trying to time apples for best cross-pollination.

Royalty Crab, unfortunately, is susceptible to a host of fungal pressures diseases that I work hard to keep out of my orchard with sprays/etc. (Morton Arboretum is the source of the susceptibility information.) There are other crabs that would fill the same cross-pollination role that have better disease and fungal resistance.

This means that, effectively, I have to include Royalty Crabs in my spray/IPM schedule to keep disease vectors reduced for the regular apple trees - without the benefit of getting apples! I could have planted a white-fruited crab for sprucing up hard cider - or something like Golden D with its famous pollination qualities.

The Royalty Crabapple trees that I received from Stark Brothers were acceptable quality and have grown well. Please don't get me wrong. This isn't a one-star review. This is likely a beautiful landscape tree. If, however, you're in the situation of trying to use this to pollinate apples in your orchard, I would have trouble recommending it.
December 8, 2018
over 3 years ago
Pretty tree
I bought several of these trees to line the driveway. It's been a little over 5 years now and they are growing nicely and the red Ieaves are a nice contrast to the grass. The blossoms are pink and really don't stand out because of the leaf color. They are almost 10 ft tall now and I am satisfied with their hardiness here in KY (and clay soil too)
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
Looking good
Was a bare root start about four feet tall and rather sparse. One year later it is healthy and filling in nicely.
May 3, 2019
over 2 years ago