Hupeh/Tea Chinese Crab Apple, Large Trees

General Info RHS AGM, Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Pink (Light), White/Cream
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May

Malus hupehensis (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £74.95Out of Stock £62.45Out of Stock £58.30
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £104.15Sold out for the season£87.00Sold out for the season£78.70
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Malus hupehensis: Bareroot Hupeh / Tea Crab Apple Trees in Standard Sizes

Malus hupehensis is a Chinese crab apple tree, known as the Hupeh / Hubei / Hupei Tea Crab apple. This small, goblet shaped tree is covered with white blossom in spring, sometimes touched with pink, which matures into bright red fruit that look like cherries and either make the most delightful pink crab apple jelly, or adorn the branches well into winter. It looks superb in Autumn and makes a lovely specimen for the centre of a lawn.
Older trees will start to spread out and can develop a wide, rounded canopy up to about 6 metres tall.

Browse our variety of crab apple trees or our full range of trees.

Delivery season: Crab apple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 6m
  • Soil: Any well drained
  • Use: Specimen, small gardens, urban
  • Colour: Mostly white blossom in May
  • Cherry-like crabs remain on branches into winter
  • Does not pollinate orchard apples
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Hupeh Crab Apple Trees

Any well drained soil, tolerates partial shade and urban pollution well. It is drought tolerant and not bothered by strong winds, but can't grow on the coast.

Please Note: This tree is sterile and will not pollinate other apple trees. If you are looking for a pollinator for an orchard choose either John Downie and Golden Hornet. The bees don't mind, however, and will eat their fill.

Did You Know?

This tree is native to China and Japan. The prolific botanical explorer Ernest Wilson was introduced to it in China's Hupeh province (now spelt Hubei) and brought it to Britain in 1900 for Veitch Nurseries, who were one of the largest plant breeders in Europe at the time, able to fund grand expeditions for new, exotic stock. It has won both an RHS Award of Garden Merit and the Award of Merit for its cut flowers. It was previously classified as Pyrus malus and Malus theifera.

The young leaves are used as a tea substitute; we don't know if they contain caffeine, but the flavour is good, and it is said to be a source of selenium.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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