Tree of the Month: ‘Royal Raindrops’ Crabapple Tree
The Royal Raindrops Crabapple a great flowering tree. In this month’s Tree of the Month blog, we will tell you why this tree makes a great addition to your landscape.
Botanical Name: Malus 'JFS-KW5'
Characteristics: This is a small ornamental tree, growing up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The Royal Raindrops Crabapple tree grows in a rounded form and has an ideal growth pattern. The branches grow excurrent and upright, reducing the need for tree trimming. The dark red fruit attracts wildlife. In the spring, this tree will be covered in bright pinkish-red flowers. The foliage is uniquely shaped and purple, gradually darkening through the growing season. In the fall, the leaves turn a vibrant orangish-red.
Hardiness Zone: Zones 4-8
Requirements: The ‘Royal Raindrops’ Crabapple tree requires full sun and is heat and drought tolerant. This small, flowering tree stands well against winds because of its upright branching structure.
Pest Susceptibility: This tree makes our recommended list because it is more disease resistant than other varieties of Crabapples to Fireblight, Apple Scab, Cedar-Apple Rust, and Mildew. Possible pests include Aphids, Japanese Beetles, Borers and Scale.
We recommend this tree for your landscape because of its disease resistance, great branching structure, and aesthetic interest.