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Malus 'Sun Rival' Tree

Weeping Crab Apple Trees
  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)
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One of the best weeping Crab Apple trees, with an unusual umbrella shape and boasting red buds that open to reveal bright, white flowers tinted pink which decorate the pendulous branches which sometimes sweep to the ground. After flowering, vivid red crab apples appear in the autumn and adorn the branches through into the winter. The mid-green foliage of spring turns a deep yellow in the autumn before falling.  Although a little on the small side for culinary use, the Crabs offer a glorious winter display and provide food for wildlife. Bees are also attracted to the flowers of this Malus tree for its pollen and nectar.

This small garden tree will grow 3 x 3 metres in 20 years and will thrive in all soils, favouring moist conditions. Ideal for urban areas, ‘Sun Rival’ is pollution tolerant and will grow happily in a container given the correct care.  This tree has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

AKA Weeping Crab Apple 'Sun Rival', Weeping Flowering Crab

  • Common name: Weeping Crab Apple tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Mid-green in spring and deep yellow in autumn
  • Flowers: White with a pink tint
  • Soil: Grows well in all soils, particularly moist, well-drained soils

Planting Advice for Malus 'Sun Rival' Trees

Our pot grown Crab Apple Sun Rival trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place in the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Weeping Crab Apple trees with a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Malus Sun Rival trees

If you’re planting Sun Rival in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Our range of watering kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Malus Sun Rival trees

Sun Rival Flowering Crab Apple trees can be pruned in winter. They do not require hard pruning and you should not trim the tips of crab apple branches. Simply remove any dead or damaged branches and shoots at the base of the tree i.e. suckers and water sprouts which redirect energy resources from the main stem but do not produce strong branches.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. It is a one off charge and will not increase if you add to the order.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Malus 'Sun Rival' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Malus 'Sun Rival' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Malus 'Sun Rival' Form: Top grafted at 120cm Supplied Size: 150-180cm Root type: 10L pot Malus 'Sun Rival' Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 120cm 150-180cm 10L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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