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

Order now for delivery from 8th January - you can always request a Christmas gift certificate to give on the day.

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Red Sentinel tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£19.95
2-year (patio) Red Sentinel tree - in a 11.5L pot
< 1.5m tall after 10 years
£36.45
2-year Red Sentinel tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£36.45
Fan Red Sentinel tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£56.95
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Prices include VAT if applicable.


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.

Malus Gorgeous crab apple tree


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

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Patio growing Open spaces Street / amenity
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit RHS Award of Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: 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.