Rudolph Purple Crab Apple, Large Trees

General Info 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 Purple
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries

Malus Rudolph (Standard)

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
Half Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £45.80Out of Stock £41.65Out of Stock £39.15
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
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Crab Apple, Rudolph - Standard needs...
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    Stakes, Tree Planting

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    Tree Planting Pack

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Malus Rudolph: Bareroot Rudolph / Rudolf Crab Apple Trees in Standard Sizes

Malus Rudolph crab apple trees are perfect for injecting some purple, red and pink tones into your garden. They have great purple-red young leaves borne on red stalks, maturing to a dark purple blush in summer and a fabulous purple-gold in autumn. The large, profuse flowers are purple-pink; they don't last long, but are simply stunning at their peak in late spring.
The average sized, dark purple fruit are not abundant compared to most other varieties, but still good for making jelly or pressing for juice to add to a cider mixture. If you don't pick them, they will stay in the tree into Autumn, unless the squirrels and birds snatch them.

They are quite small, upright trees that will squeeze into most small gardens.
Browse our variety of crab apple trees or our full range of ornamental garden 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: 6-7m
  • Soil: Any well drained, not too dry
  • Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
  • Colour: Deep purple-red flowers in May
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Rudolph Crab Apples

Any well drained soil, as long as it isn't too dry: their roots are on the shallow side, which does make them suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution and recommended for the coldest frost pockets.

Did You Know?

Rudolph was bred from M. baccata (Siberian crab apple) by Frank. L. Skinner in Manitoba, Canada and released in 1954

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is not a traditional character, but was invented in 1939.

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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