Malus Red Jewel® – Red Jewel® Crabapple
Botanical Name: Malus Jewelcole, Malus Red Jewel®
The Red Jewel® Crabapple tree (Malus ‘Jewelcole’) 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.
Red Jewel® 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 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® 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.
This Crabapple tree 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.