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Guardsman

Malus trilobata
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.

Guardsman crab-apple trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £59.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colourScented flowers
  • Growth habitColumnar / Fastigiate
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthJune
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow / CrimsonOrange / Red
  • Fruit colourGreen
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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.