Red Jewel™ Crabapple

Botanical Name: Malus ‘Jewelcole’, Malus ‘Red Jewel’

The Red Jewel Crabapple tree is a beautiful, small, deciduous flowering tree that provides profuse spring blooms. It is one of the most popular Crabapple trees to plant due to its bright “red jewel” berries that develop in the fall and persist into winter.  

Malus ‘Jewelcole’ is one of the smaller Crabapples, growing only to a height of 12-15 feet and a spread of 8-10 feet. This makes it the perfect patio or accent tree for small gardens. Its growth habit is pyramidal, making it suitable for use as either a street tree or a focal point tree.

The white flowers of Malus ‘Red Jewel’ cover the branches in mid spring, providing both fragrance and beauty. In the fall, the blooms are followed by clusters of bright red berries that cover the short twigs and branches of the whole tree, providing a spectacular display.

The leaves of the Red Jewel Crabapple tree are glossy, ovate, and mid-green. Their fall color is golden yellow.

Red Jewel Crabapple is a great habitat tree. It attracts butterflies and birds with its flowers and berries. It has some disease resistance to powdery mildew and is not particularly susceptible to any significant diseases or pests. 

Malus ‘Red Jewel’ tolerates a range of soil conditions and pH levels. It is also very tolerant of drought conditions, compacted soil, and urban pollution, making it a perfect tree to plant along city streets and in urban landscapes. It also somewhat tolerates salt spray.

Category:

Height: 12-15 ft.

Width: 8-10 ft.

Shape: Pyramidal, Oval

Flower Color: White

Flowering Time: April-May

Fall Color: Yellow, Gold

Features: Spring flowers, fall and winter berries

Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: Moderate & Regular, Drought tolerant once established.

Soil: Prefers moderately rich, well drained soils. Tolerant of many different soil types and range of pH.

Growth Rate: Slow-moderate

USDA Zones: 4-8

Uses: Accent tree, shade tree, lawn tree, wildlife tree, patio tree

Similar trees: Malus 'Prairifire' (Prairie Fire Crabapple), Malus 'Adirondack' (Adirondack Crabapple), Malus 'Spring Snow' (Spring Snow Crabapple), Malus x 'Jeflite' (Starlite Crabapple)