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