Malus trilobata Guardsman

Guardsman
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Fruit colour: Green

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.

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 trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Guardsman tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£40.95
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How to grow

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

Guardsman characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant Autumn foliage colour Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Small spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flowering month: June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow / Crimson Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We have a very wide range of 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.