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Malus trilobata 'Guardsman' Tree

Crab Apple Trees
  • £69.99 (ex VAT)
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Unlike most Crab Apple trees, it's the ornate foliage that sets Malus trilobata 'Guardsman' apart. Distinctive Maple-like lobed leaves turn stunning shades of crimson in autumn. Another distinctive feature is the upright habit, making 'Guardsman' suited to small gardens or where architectural interest is required.

Large white flowers appear late, often in June and are followed by small green crab apples. Malus trilobata 'Guardsman' will reach a height and spread of 4 x 2.5 metres in 20 years. A naturally columnar tree, it requires minimal pruning. A position in full sun to partial shade will suit.

AKA Upright Crab Apple Guardsman

  • Common name: Guardsman Crab Apple tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Late Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Lobed green leaves turn bright red in autumn
  • Flowers: White blossom followed by green autumn crab apples
  • Soil: Will grow in any soil, does particularly good in moist, well-drained positions

Planting Advice for Malus trilobata Guardsman

Our pot grown Malus trilobata can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place in the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Pillar Crab Apple trees with a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Malus trilobata Guardsman

If you’re planting Malus trilobata in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Our range of watering kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Malus trilobata Guardsman

Pillar 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.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Malus trilobata 'Guardsman' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot* Malus trilobata 'Guardsman' Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot* £69.99 (ex VAT)
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