Purple Prince Crabapple

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Best Purple Foliaged Purple Prince Crabapple

  • Rosy Red Spring Blooms
  • Purple Bronze Foliage
  • Ruby Red Fruit Give Fall and Winter Interest
  • Rounded Profile
  • Fast Growing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Very Disease Resistant
  • Works Under Utility Wires

Crabapples are popular across Zones 4 - 8 because of their hardiness and massive flower display. Of course, the beautiful fruit display is very welcome during the cold winter months.

With so many wonderful improved Crabapple varieties, the hardest part is choosing the right one for your landscape. Purple Prince Crabapple (Malus 'Purple Prince') is an excellent choice.

First, an abundant amount of rose red flowers cover the tree in mid-spring. Then, this tree easily showcases the best purple foliage of any flowering Crabapple. Finally, super showy maroon fruits develop and hang for fall and winter interest.

Every season, this tree will make you fall in love with it. With a rounded profile, Purple Prince is a small ornamental tree is valued for its brilliant flowers, foliage and fruit.

This tree can be used as a single specimen, or it will make a gorgeous accent when planted in groups.

In spring, rich red single flowers are held all along the branches, dazzling you and your visitors a stunning spectacle of color.

Emerging a vivid purple-bronze in the spring, the leaves maintain their color well into the summer before transitioning to green foliage. They'll mellow into a golden hue for fall.

The fruits are a deep, delicious ruby red color and look like little jewels hanging all along the branches all winter long. They make a wonderful display contrasting beautifully with snow in winter.

Local songbirds will love the fruit, so don't worry about any mess or clean up. The birds will take care of all that for you!

Order yours today, this is an excellent selection of Crabapple.

How to Use Purple Prince Crabapple in the Landscape

Its year-round interest makes it perfect for locations where the rough, grey bark and dangling, scarlet Crabapples can add to the winter landscape. A front or side yard location would be a lovely choice for Purple Prince, as it's useful as both a shade and ornamental tree.

Try Purple Prince in a group of 3 or more in a berm planting or along a driveway. Try one with different colors of Crabapples for a fun, informal "collected" look.

They could also be planted as part of a mixed shrub border to offer height and plenty of color. Space them evenly all along the back side of the border as a beautiful backdrop.

Purple Prince Crabapple makes a great street tree, especially where trees will be planted beneath the utility wires.

Crabapples also make excellent specimen plants used singly in any part of your landscape where a smaller tree is needed. Why not site one near a window? Imagine standing in your kitchen, washing dishes or prepping veggies, and being able to watch the beauty of nature unfold before you.

Plant them 15 feet apart for a formal grouping. Plant them 10 feet apart, if you want the branches to overlap as a screen.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This pretty tree has excellent resistance to diseases that were faced by old-fashioned Crabs. This is truly an improved variety and is much more refined and disease free compared to the older selections.

The only pruning that should be done is to carefully train lower branches, or to remove any crossing or damaged branches. You can either prune it while it's dormant in late winter or early spring or wait until after the flowers are done and enjoy them first.

Give it full sun and well-drained soil for best performance. Plan to provide regular supplemental water if adequate rainfall isn't sufficient. They aren't drought tolerant. Baby this wonderful deciduous tree, it's worth it!

Although fast-growing, Purple Prince does not suffer from stem splitting as some rapid growth trees do. It isn't fussy about soil conditions, as long as water drains quickly. They can even thrive in urban environments.

Order this outstanding choice today, and start enjoying brilliant foliage, flowers and fruit in your yard!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Purple Prince Crabapple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Purple Prince'
Mature Height 16 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Flower Color Purple Bronze
Foliage Purple Bronze
Foliage Color Purple Bronze
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes