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Guardsman

Guardsman

As the name suggests Guardsman is a distinctly columnar upright crab-apple. The best effect is achieved with several planted in a row, or with a single tree planted as a focal point in the garden.

This species of crab-apple flowers very late, usually late May or June in the UK. The flowers are white and relatively large, mildly scented, and the petals have a slightly feathered appearance.

With most crab-apples the autumn interest is the brightly coloured fruitlets, but with Malus trilobata it is the maple-like lobed leaves, which take on autumnal red and orange tints.

The fruitlets are very small and green, and can be used for culinary purposes, but this is a tree which would be grown primarily for its ornamental value.

Malus trilobata

Guardsman crab-apple trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £40.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Malus trilobata is a cold-hardy species, and suitable for most areas of the UK.

History

With its distinctive upright habit and maple-like leaves, the crab-apple species Malus trilobata is has a distinctly different character from most crab-apples grown in the UK. It originates from the near East, and is named after the characteristic 3-lobed shape of its leaves. It is sometimes called the Lebanese crab-apple, 

Guardsman characteristics

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colourScented flowers
    • Growth habit:Columnar / Fastigiate
    • Height after 10 years:2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:June
    • Flower form:Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Yellow / CrimsonOrange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Green
    • Pruning:Do not prune
    • Growth rate:Slow
  • Identification

    • Fruit size:Small
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:RHS perfect for pollinators

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We list more than 40 different crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.