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Like all flowering crabapples, Red Jewel is quite a show stopper in late spring with it's beautiful blooms completely covering this small tree. But if you ask me, I'd say that this tree's best season is winter. While most other deciduous trees are barren the entire winter, this tree sparkles with its lively bright red "jewel" fruits. 1/2" globe fruits are born in small clumps of 2 to 5 along all silver-gray branches and dangle on red 1 1/2" long petioles, creating quite a striking contrast. These fruit are winter persistent' meaning they will remain all winter. Not only does this feature give huge interest to your landscape in the winter, but it also gives you a tree that virtually has no mess in the fall, and provides critical food for birds as well. I have observed my own Red Jewel right outside my kitchen winter over the last 2 seasons. I enjoy the fruit all winter, then come spring it never fails. A happy robin (or perhaps 2) comes along and within 1 week all fruits are gone. Perfect timing as only a couple weeks later this tree is ready to bloom. Flowers are quite exceptional as well. Soft pink buds open to pure white blooms in early May. If weather allows, the blooms will last until late May, creating quite a show. Leaves emerge a strong medium green and will turn a slight burgundy bronze before dropping in the fall, unwrapping the tree's Red Jewels'.

 

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5403 HWY 86   ELIZABETH, CO   80107    303-646-8868
Zone 4-8
Mature Height:15 to 18 feet
Mature Spread:12 feet
Growth Rate:Moderate
Sun: Full Sun
Moisture:Moist soil, well-drained
Fall Color: Bronzel
Attracts Wildlife
Flower:Light Pink buds open to white
Fruit:Highly Ornamental
 

RED JEWEL FLOWERING CRABAPPLE

Malus 'Red Jewel'