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Malus Rudolph Pleached (screening tree)

Grown on frames to achieve that unique screening effect, these trees are sold in a variety of different styles. Given the number of different options available and the time taken to grow and train these trees, they are offered as a bespoke service. Please use the button below to advise us of your requirements.

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This Malus Rudolph pleached tree has rosy-pink flowers that are freely borne. Hence this is an excellent small and tough tree for spring blossom with coppery-red foliage turning clear yellow in autumn when orangey-red fruits appear, lasting for many months in autumn.


‘Pleached’ trees are effectively hedges on stilts and create a superb way to screen windows, or indeed whole gardens from neighbours or eye sores. As such they are a cost effective and very natural way of screening, being far cheaper and more instant than, say building a brick wall, which often needs planning permission.

A wide range of trees are grown as ready pleached trees, and can be evergreen or deciduous.

They are usually available in three styles:

  • ‘Standard’ with a 1.8m (6’) clear stem or trunk before the trained canopy starts. Usually the canopy is a square 1.2m (4’) x 1.2m but larger ones are sometimes available.
  •  ‘Half standard;’ with a 0.9m (3’)-1.2m (4’) clear stem before the canopy starts.
  •  ‘Panel’ where the canopy is trained almost from the ground to two or even three meters in height’ 

With these different styles and the various species that are available, the options are numerous. But with the time taken to grow and train these trees to create ‘the instant hedge on stilts,’  sourcing the trees is offered as a bespoke service.

Find out more about pleached trees.

Full Tree Specifications

Mature Size: not applicable

Time to maturity: these trees come trained to a specific height

Habit / Shape: pleached (screening tree)

Flower colour: red

Weather exposure: happy anywhere

Foliage colour:

  • red
  • green

Season of Interest:

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn

Soil Moisture:

  • moist but well-drained soil
  • well-drained soil

Soil acidity/alkalinity: happy anywhere

Bark colour: grey-brown bark

Soil Type:

  • chalk
  • clay
  • I don't have a clue
  • loam
  • sand


  • full sun
  • partial shade


  • happy anywhere

Tree features:

  • flowering tree
  • attractive fruit / berries/ nuts / pods
  • autumn leaf colour
  • attractive to wildlife

Possible pests, diseases, problems:

  • aphids
  • spider mites
  • caterpillars
  • apple scab
  • honey fungus
  • fireblight
  • mildew


  • valentines
  • wedding

Common Name(s): Crab Apple 'Rudolph'

  • Regularly tie in new growth to frame
  • Extend frame with additional bamboo canes as required
  • Prune lightly at end of summer to maintain shape
  • Regular watering is essential from Spring until Autumn
  • Check monthly that tree has not rocked
  • Loosen and re tie tree ties annually
  • Keep weed free, and mulch annually