A closeup of the cherry red crabapples hanging off the dark brown branch of the Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple
The light green leaves of the Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple on a white background
A closeup of the cherry red crabapples hanging off the dark brown branch of the Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple
The light green leaves of the Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple on a white background

Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Malus x 'Red Jewel'

Regular price

This plant is not available at this time through Bower & Branch. We provide this plant profile for reference only.

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  • In the spring, light pink buds open to charmingly fragrant, white flowers
  • Fragrant blooms attract bees and butterflies
  • Dark green, shiny foliage turns a vivid bronze to yellow color in the fall
  • Cherry red crabapple fruit dangle from the branches well into winter
  • Crabapples will attract birds
  • Disease resistant and low maintenance
  • A wonderful addition to small landscapes, on either side of your front door, in a wildlife garden, or as a specimen tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 12-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-12' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 10-12' apart

Why plant Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple?

Red Jewel™ Crabapple is a delightful small ornamental tree you can depend on for scads of ruby-red fruits to brighten the darkest winter days. This time-tested Crab tree consistently sets generous crops of fruit that cling to the branches well into the winter, decorating the tree and your landscape with pretty jewel-tone ornaments. If other food sources are available, birds may even leave the little crabapples alone almost until the cycle begins again in spring with sparkling white flowers galore.

Red Jewel™ Crabapple was a product of the Cole Nursery Company of Circleville, Ohio, near Columbus. Cole Nursery was a power player in the nursery industry in its day, but is now defunct. They’re best remembered for their Honeylocust selections that still corner that market: ‘Imperial,’ ‘Skyline,’ and ‘Sunburst.’ Red Jewel™ Crab was hybridized by the company’s owner, Bill Collins, in 1971. It’s still a popular choice. It has good resistance to the diseases that affect Crabapples, and it has the BEST fruit retention of any Crab you can buy.

How to use Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple in the landscape?

This dapper little flowering tree makes a worthy addition to your wildlife-friendly garden. The fragrant white flowers keep honeybees and other pollinators busy in spring, and if Red Jewel's™ crabapples are ignored by winter-resident birds, then migrating songbirds returning North will gladly eat them up. Adaptable and easy to grow, Red Jewel™ is a smart choice for city garden and performs well in clay soil (provided there is good drainage). It's small enough to plant under power lines, too.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How To Plant Red Jewel™ Flowering Crabapple

Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well.

How To Water

As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Water slowly, deeply, and thoroughly every three to four days for the first growing season. This will ensure your tree has the water it needs to establish itself. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine.

How To Fertilize

Crabapples like fertilizer, the more you give them – the more they grow. When planting, apply the Bower & Branch Starter Plant Food to ensure your tree has the nutrients it needs to get settled. Once a year apply a simple tree fertilizer during fall to help promote new growth and flowers for the following season.

How To Prune

Pruning Flowering Crabapples is fairly easy, however, due to the size and structure of the Red Jewel, pruning may not be needed. Prune branches after your Crabapple is done flowering and cut off any suckers around the base of your tree whenever they appear.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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