Red Sentinel Crab Apple Trees
Malus x robusta
The Red Sentinel Crab Apple Tree is a very special ornamental with pink-tinged white blossom in late spring followed by glossy cherry-red fruit.
Malus x robusta
|Approx height when sent||
1.5 – 1.75 metres
|Ultimate height and spread||
8 metres x 8 metres
|When to plant||
Full Sun, Semi-shade
Fertile, Well drained
One of the most ornamental crab apple cultivars, with pretty pink-tinged, white flowers in late spring, followed by masses of glossy, round, cherry-red fruit. The fruits garland the branches for much of the winter as the bright green leaves turn shades of yellow and gold before falling.
This pollution-tolerant, upright crab apple is a star of the garden all year round and makes a magnificent show in a small, sunny, urban site. Crab apples flowers and fruit are a valuable source to bees, insects, birds and wildlife such as dormice and hedgehogs
Garden care: : When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. In spring, weed, mulch and use a seaweed solution. Summer, enjoy your tree and come autumn collect the fruit for delicious crabapple jelly. Prune dead, diseased and crossing branches in winter and compost while the tree is dormant.
Pollination Information: This apple has a very long flowering period, so belongs to all the pollination groups and therefore is ideal for using as a pollinating partner to all other apples.
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Ultimate size: 8m x 8m
Flowering period: May
Hardiness: fully hardy