- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 15-20' tall
- Mature Width: 12-15' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 15-25' apart
WHIMSICAL PINK FLOWERING TREE WITH PLUM COLORED LEAVES
- Fragrant magenta-pink flowers blossom in April
- Beautiful purple foliage that transforms orange-red in fall
- Small red fruits persist in fall through winter that the birds love to enjoy
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
Why the Royal Raindrops® Flowering Crabapple?
We think Royal Raindrops® Crabapple might be the perfect flowering tree. It offers year-round beauty, wildlife appeal, and pest and disease resistance all in one neat little package. In spring, this small ornamental tree will light up your landscape with raspberry-pink flowers that hum with the sounds of happy pollinators. In summer, the purple to bronze foliage stays clean and glossy, and in fall, the leaves take on orange and red tones (unusual for Crabapples). In winter, pull up a chair by the window, because songbirds will be dropping by to devour the tiny red crabapples. Royal Raindrops® has received rave reviews from growers and other tree experts across the country, and we know you'll love it, too!
The reason for this tree’s existence is about 90% skill and 10% luck. Keith Warren, a 40-year employee of J. Frank Schmidt Nursery (he retired in 2014), selected this tree from a Crabapple program he began in 1990. Royal Raindrops® traces its beginnings to a single fruit he plucked from a tree in JFS’s arboretum in 1994. As a young plant, this tree outshined the rest with its burgundy foliage and superior disease resistance. When it was old enough to flower and fruit, Keith knew he’d hit a home run.
How to use in the landscape?
Royalty never looked so good! Bright pinkish-red flowers come forth in spring followed by exceptional purple cutleaf foliage which transforms to gorgeous shades of orange and red in fall. This majestic Crabapple provides even more seasonal interest with persistent red fruit appearing in late summer/early fall, making this tree irresistible to birds! Royal Raindrops Crabapple also shows signs of great disease resistance - making this one irresistible tree!
Why Bower & Branch?
At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.
- Trusted, Experienced Growers
- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise
- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.
We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.
How To Plant
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. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine.
How To Water
Flowering Crabapples will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements Fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.
How To Prune
Prune your crabapple tree in late winter. Remove any broken or crossing branches or suckers at the base of the tree.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our 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 your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.
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.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: 866-873-3888 - Or via Online Chat
Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) 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).