- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Remove dead, diseased and crossing branches while the tree is dormant.
Dramatic, dark red-purple leaves turn fiery red in late autumn. In late spring, clusters of large, crimson flowers contrast wonderfully with the foliage, and are followed by glossy, dark red fruit, which turn black when ripe and are irresistible to birds. This spreading, purple-leaved crab apple makes a magnificent tree for a small, sunny garden. Pollution tolerant, it's particularly suitable for urban sites.
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Q:What tree for a ruby wedding?
Evening, I am looking to buy a tree (or two?) for my parents as a ruby wedding anniversary present, so ideally looking at something that is red oriented. Any ideas? Regards IanAsked on 7/1/2009 by Goode, Ian
A:Hello Ian, There are some cracking trees which would be suitable - I would opt for one of these - Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba-shidare', Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum', Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' or Malus 'Royalty'Answered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Please recommend a spring flowering tree or shrub
I had a new grandson born on 7th April whose name is Evan, I wondered if there was any plant shrub or tree that you could recommend either flowering in April or related to his name.Asked on 4/28/2006 by Catherine
A:This is a lovely idea, but I'm afraid we don't have any plants that have 'Evan' in their name. We do however have some beautiful trees that flower in spring - just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. 'Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=763&CategoryID= 'Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1050&CategoryID= 'Malus domestica Cox Orange Pippin (self-fertile)' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1853&CategoryID= 'Malus Royalty' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4595&CategoryID= 'Prunus Shirotae' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4646&CategoryID=Answered on 5/2/2006 by Crocus
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