Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

Raised by the renowned rose cultivar and plant explorer, Frank L. Skinner of Canada, this variety has been available commercially since the 1950’s. Frank often reminisced about the cherished memories of his aunt’s rose, which greatly influenced his cultivars. This influence is evident in his creation of the Malus ‘Rudolph’.

The ‘Rudolph’ stands out as a vibrant red Malus variety. In spring, its deep-red buds unfurl along the branches. These transform to captivating, fragrant flowers that showcase a blend of soft pink and rich crimson hues. As these blooms wane, the canopy evolves with leaves of red and plum purple. These continue to freshen in the summer to coppery green, whilst maintaining hints of red at their edges.

By the time autumn arrives, the trees foliage shifts from a radiant yellow to a striking red, complementing the fruits that adorn its branches. Fruits persist throughout winter, offering both visual appeal and food for local wildlife.

Perfect for landscapes seeking seasonal vibrancy and colour diversity, the ‘Rudolph’ stands as a magnificent addition, especially when arranged along the entrances of prestige hotels or clubs, making a bold statement for visitors. For gardens emphasising colour harmony, consider pairing with Acer platanoides ‘Princeton Gold’.

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Size

Small

6m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Great for planting outside of entrances and in large gardens.

Foliage

Unfold a succulent cooper red, which freshen into bronzed shades of green with crimson tips. It has the slightest shine of burgundy along the edges and through the veins of the leaf. These mellow into soft golden shades for the autumn.

Flowers

Buds develop in spring with vivid shades of red. These enrich into purples before opening into a glorious display of fragrant flowers water washed with pink and rose magenta.

Resilience

Adaptable to all well drained soils, including clay, loam and sand. Once established it is drought tolerant and will succeed in a range of pH levels. A hardy tree that is resistant to diseases.

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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