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  • Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Tree
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Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Tree

Flowering Crab Apple Trees

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This small, round headed ornamental tree, commonly known as a Flowering Crab Apple, provides a vibrant display of cherry sized deep red fruit in the autumn which last all winter, following the white, blushed flowers from pale pink buds that produce a cloud of fragrance in spring. Mid-green leaves turn shades of bronzed yellow in the autumn before falling to leave only the glossy, globular fruits adorning the branches that often last right through winter. The profuse fruiting naturally controls the tree size, forming a rounded, almost weeping appearance that at maturity will grow to an estimated height and spread of 5 x 4 metres.

Suited for culinary use, these crab apples are perfect for jellies but are also commonly used in Christmas decorations as Red Sentinel is a real delight in all seasons. This particular Crab Apple is tolerant of pollution, suited to most soil types and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. 

This variety of Malus has large crab apples, ideal for culinary purposes, and is therefore sold with zero VAT.

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel'
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (VAT Free)
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel'
45L pot approx 2.5-3.0m Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth £139.99 (VAT Free)
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel'
45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth £159.99 (VAT Free)
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel'
45L pot approx 3.5-4.0m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £179.99 (VAT Free)
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel'
45L pot approx 3.5-4.5m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth £199.99 (VAT Free)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.


Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.


Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Flowering Crab Apple trees

When planting flowering crab apple trees, such as Malus Red Sentinel, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Malus trees can be planted at any time of the year. Bare root crab apple trees need to be planted between November and March. If you are not planting your bare root crab apple tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in, gently firming around. If you’re planting within a couple of days, you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root crab apple tree, you will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Malus Robusta Red Sentinel trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Malus Robusta Red Sentinel trees

Flowering Crab Apple trees can be pruned in winter. They do not require hard pruning and you should not trim the tips of crab apple branches. Simply remove any dead or damaged branches and shoots at the base of the tree i.e. suckers and water sprouts which redirect energy resources from the main stem but do not produce strong branches.

Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Tree (Flowering Crab Apple Trees) Description

  • Common name: Flowering crab apple tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: In spring, the foliage is mid-green with white, blushed flowers. Foliage turns shades of yellow in the autumn and red, glossy crab apples appear
  • Soil: Suited to all soil types