Balled and burlapped Royal Raindrops crabapple trees.

Royal Raindrops Crabapple (Malus ‘JFS-KW5’)

A feast of color with siting flexibility.

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
  • Height: 15-20’
  • Spread:  12-16’
  • Exposure:  Full Sun
  • Fall Color: Orange-Red
  • Bloom Color: Magenta/Pink

Why We Love It:
This deciduous flowering tree provides interest year-round. The foliage emerges purple-burgundy and maintains a purple hue throughout summer. In autumn, the foliage of ‘Royal Raindrops’ turns a vibrant orange-red. We enjoy the stunning display of pink flowers in spring, followed by tiny red crabapples that mature in late summer. The edible fruits can be used for jams, jellies, cider, and/or preserves, or can be left on the tree to nourish birds during winter.

The ‘Royal Raindrops’ Crabapple is set apart from other cultivars by its disease resistance and fruit persistence. It offers excellent resistance to scab, and good resistance to fire blight, rust, and mildew (observations from Morton Arboretum). The fruit’s persistence after frost maximizes its benefits – winter color and usefulness for food – while minimizing mess.

Know Before You Plant:
Site in full sun for the best flowering and disease resistance. Light pruning may be necessary and is best done in late winter.

Moist, well-drained soil is ideal; however, ‘Royal Raindrops’ is adaptable to a variety of soils.

Where It Thrives:
‘Royal Raindrops’ is a fantastic choice for a landscape specimen or accent. Plant near a walkway for easy access to its fruits or near a window to enjoy the flowers and visits from birds. Due to its small size and salt tolerance, it can be planted under power lines and near roadways.