Situated at the eastern end of the South Walk, this tree is full of attractive delicate fruits.
A small tree, reaching no more than 5 m in height and spread, Malus sieboldii ‘Red Crabs’ has a graceful habit, with arching branches and ovate and lobed, toothed foliage, which takes on yellow tints in autumn. In spring it produces clusters of white or pale pink flowers, and these are followed by small, globose, glossy red fruits, which hang from the stems on red petioles, or stems. It is a good choice to bring year-round interest. There is also a yellow-fruited form called ‘Yellow Crabs’. M. sieboldii originates from Japan, and was introduced to our gardens in by the German physician and botanist Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796 – 1866), who was based in Japan while employed by the Dutch East India Company. This species is synonymous with M. toringo.