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Malus 'Sun Rival' (Sun Rival Crab Apple) - 9L Pot

Code: TR0165
Malus 'Sun Rival' (Sun Rival Crab Apple) - 9L Pot
Malus 'Sun Rival' (Sun Rival Crab Apple) - 9L Pot

Malus 'Sun Rival' is a weeping, umbrella-shaped crab apple tree with arching branches. In spring it is covered with pale pink buds which open to white flowers in spring. Later in the season it produces striking bright red crab apples which provide a much needed snack for hungry wildlife in the winter. This weeping crab apple tree would make a delightful addition to any garden, with something to offer throughout the seasons.


  • Flower Colour: white
  • Foliage Colour: green in spring and summer
  • Approx. Growth Height: 4m - 4.5m x 4.5m
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Tree is approx 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: spring
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: exposed, sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: fast
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects


  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: chalk, clay, loam, sand
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.


  • Planting Distance: 4.5m apart with 6m between rows

Suited to almost all, well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.


  • Pollination Group: Self-pollinating

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be the same; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree.

This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
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