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Malus 'Sun Rival' Tree

Weeping Flowering Crab Apple Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

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, Weeping crab apple, Crab apple, Flowering crab, Flowering crab apple, crabapple, Malus Sun Rival

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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver. All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge. Although it is rarely a problem, we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

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

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

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

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

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

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Non Mainland UK and Overseas Destinations

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Flowering Crab Apple trees

When planting flowering crab apple trees, such as Malus Sun Rival, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Malus trees can be planted at any time of the year. Bare root crab apple trees need to be planted between November and March. If you are not planting your bare root crab apple tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in, gently firming around. If you’re planting within a couple of days, you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root crab apple tree, you will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Malus Sun Rival trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Malus Sun Rival trees

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.

Malus 'Sun Rival' Tree (Weeping Flowering Crab Apple Trees) Description

  • Common name: Weeping Flowering Crab Apple tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: White flowers with a pink tint among mid-green foliage in spring, bright red apples and deep yellow foliage in autumn
  • Soil: Grows well in all soils, particularly moist, well-drained soils