Break Away from the Ordinary with the Royal Raindrops© Crabapple Tree

Jeana Cadby
May 20, 2019

With vibrant pink spring flowers, sophisticated mahogany foliage, a refined and broadly rounded shape, everything about this tree exhibits exceptional quality. The Royal Raindrops Crab is no ordinary crabapple tree.

Pop of Color

Enjoy a pop of color all year-round with pink spring flowers, purple summer foliage, and orange fall color. Tiny red to purple fruits persist on the tree for an added seasonal adornment.  

Deeply lobed, glossy purple leaves persist throughout the summer, following stylish and stunningly bright flowers, which burst into display throughout the spring. The Royal Raindrops is a clear upgrade from other crabapple trees. Eye-catching magenta and pink flowers are like fuchsia stars twinkling in the sky against the backdrop of a beautiful spring day.

Close up photo of the Royal Raindrops Crabapple tree.
Eye-catching magenta and pink flowers are like fuchsia stars twinkling in the sky against the backdrop of a beautiful spring day.

Enjoy all stages of this sturdy crabapple, which retains excellent color throughout the summer months. New leaves are wine red, maturing to green in the summer. A solid, upright growth pattern exhibits a broad and rounded shape, which requires minimal maintenance. Keep temperatures cool over the summer with the heat tolerant foliage, which transition into a lively copper red.

After the leaves have been shed for winter, persistent sparkling red fruits entice thoughts of cozy winter nights. Excellent branching with good density keeps the Royal Raindrops looking fit and sturdy, even without the dense shield of summer leaf cover.

Effortless Shape

The Royal Raindrops Crabapple tree effortlessly complements the landscape and is a lovely addition to any setting, delivering many benefits. Ease of maintenance and consistently stunning color are just some of the few hidden talents this tree.

The extraordinarily robust Royal Raindrops Crabapple makes for a wonderful windbreak tree. Thick branches are unyielding to string winds, unlike many other crabapple trees. Equally stubborn, crabapple fruits persist on the tree into early winter, and are attractive to visiting birds. Vibrant pink spring flowers also attract pollinators, so the Royal Raindrops tree is sure to invite plenty of new animal friends to the yard.

Row of Royal Raindrops Crabapple trees at Garden Gate
Royal Raindrops Crabapple trees at Garden Gate.

Burgundy overtones in summer are best appreciated when trees reach a mature height of 15 feet tall, with a 20 foot spread. A dominant yet poised presence exudes a quiet dignity and sensibility, with a broad and rounded shape. Cool temperatures or other variable conditions are no concern to this stoic crabapple. This deciduous tree is not only well adapted to a wide range of soils, but is also drought tolerant, once established.

The Royal Raindrops Crabapple Tree demonstrations excellent disease resistance, and does well in full sun to partial shade. Pruning requirements are minimal, and are best performed in late winter.


Gracing the landscape with lovely and unique color, sturdy wind resistance, and attractiveness to wildlife, there are many benefits to the Royal Raindrops Crabapple tree (Malus transitoria ‘JFS-KW5’).

Strong, upright growth habit requires minimal pruning to maintain canopy balance, with excellent windbreak potential. Starbursts of bubblegum pink blossoms twinkle on this unique crabapple tree like a clear summer night. What more could you want in a Crabapple tree?

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