Malus x robusta Red Sentinel
Red Sentinel is one of our most popular crab-apples, and has year-round appeal. Firstly, it is a shapely tree and has a pleasing presence in a larger garden or open space.
In spring it is covered with a mass of delicate white blossom, wihlst in autumn there are dense clusters of small persistent red fruits.
In fact Red Sentinel has some of the most persistent fruits of all crab-apples. You can be fairly sure they will cling on until Christmas or even beyond, regardless of the weather, making it an attractive focal point for the garden as well as providing a useful food resource for birds.
Red Sentinel trees for sale
1-year Red Sentinel tree - bare root
2-year (patio) Red Sentinel tree - in a 11.5L pot
2-year Red Sentinel tree - in a 12L pot
Fan Red Sentinel tree - in a 12L pot
What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
How to grow
Red Sentinel is one of the most disease-resistant of crab-apples. It is also a good pollinator for mainstream apple varieties in flowering groups 2 and 3.
Red Sentinel characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Useful for:
Patio growing Open spaces Street / amenity
- Blossom duration:
Average (2-3 weeks)
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Flower colour:
- Leaf colour:
- Fruit colour:
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit RHS Award of Merit
- Fruit persistence:
RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds
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.