In May 2014, Dr Alan Warwick had enjoyed growing Malus × purpurea ‘Aldenhamensis’ in his garden and grew some seedlings from its fruit. One of the seedlings exhibited a weeping habit and, after growing it for 10 years, it maintained this form.
This was in fact a brand new cultivar of Malus. Malus × purpurea ‘Crimson Cascade’ is a small tree suitable either as a standalone feature tree or incorporated into a mixed border.
It is shade tolerant, although the flowers and following fruit enjoy the sunshine.
The arching, weeping habit gives rise to purplish foliage in spring together with vibrant crimson single or semi-double flowers.
In later summer to autumn, the foliage turns a bronze-green and is accompanied by reddish-purple fruits.
It is being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and entered into the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition.
- See more RHS Plant of the Year 2017 entries.