Red Sentinel Crab Apple, Large Trees

General Info RHS AGM, Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Red/Crimson
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering Apr, May

Malus robusta 'Red Sentinel'

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £54.96Out of Stock£49.98Out of Stock£46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £74.95Out of Stock £62.45Out of Stock £58.30
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £104.15Sold out for the season£87.00Sold out for the season£78.70
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Crab Apple, Red Sentinel - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Malus robusta Red Sentinel: Bareroot Red Sentinel Crab Apple Trees in Standard Sizes

Red Sentinel crab apple trees have plentiful clusters of blood-red fruits that stay on the branches deep into the winter months. Starting in late April, the purple buds produce a mass of single, white (variably tinged with pink), strongly scented flowers that make a delicate, balanced display with the bright green leaves, rather than engulfing the whole tree.
Red Sentinel's
fruits are quite small, numerous and well suited for use in purées, jellies and other apple dishes that require a sharper taste. If you leave them on the branch to brighten up your garden in winter, birds usually won't start pecking away at them until after they have been well softened by a few hard frosts.
It can reach a height of about 6-7 metres tall, highly recommended for small, city gardens.

John Downie and Golden Hornet are classic pollinators for orchard apple trees, but if scab is a problem in your area, this variety is well worth a try.
Browse our range of crab apple trees.

Delivery season: Crab apple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 6-7m
  • Soil: Any well drained
  • Use: Specimen, small gardens, urban
  • Colour: White flowers with a little pink in April-May
  • Fruit stay on branches long into winter
  • Exceptional disease resistance, especially against scab
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Red Sentinel Crab Apple Trees

Any well drained soil, tolerates partial shade and urban pollution well.

Did You Know?

Malus x robusta is a hybrid of Malus baccata (Siberian crab apple) and Malus prunifolia, both native to Asia. It was bred by Notcutts Nursery in the 1950's.

The RHS has given this tree an Award of Garden Merit, for beauty and ease of cultivation, and an Award of Merit for cuttings of its flowering stems when used in a display.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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