Malus robusta Red Sentinel - Crab Apple Tree
Award of Garden Merit holder Malus robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ is an excellent crab apple tree variety for the wildlife garden with masses of p...Read More
Award of Garden Merit holder Malus robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ is an excellent crab apple tree variety for the wildlife garden with masses of pinkish-white spring blossom followed by very showy cherry-red crab apples. The fruits stay on the tree for a long time providing a handsome feast for the birds in the critical seasons of autumn and winter.
The impressive trees burst into bloom in May and each branch is smothered with masses of spring white flowers from fat buds. This attracts a wealth of pollinating insects which in turn encourages a rich variety of insectivorous garden birds like warblers and wrens at breeding time. Perfect for bird families!
Malus robusta Red Sentinel’s distinctive and abundant red fruit are borne in large numbers in autumn so there will be a wealth of nutritious fruit for birds such as blackbirds and other members of the thrush family including winter visitors, fieldfares and redwings, and even waxwings.
Malus Red Sentinel also has brilliant autumn colour with the leaves turning shades of gold before they fall. Tolerant of pollution and happy in most soil types including clay; Malus Red Sentinel will thrive in city gardens as well as in rural areas meaning it’s great for both town and country wildlife.
In winter the bare branches form convenient roosting places for colonising birds such as long-tailed tits and form perfect perches for nocturnal birds like tawny owls.
How to plant your tree
This bare-root variety arrives to you as a bare-root plant fully-labelled with its roots surrounded by a polythene bag to give the roots a good, humid environment.
There should be some healthy roots which will develop strongly in the ground over winter. The stems are bare on arrival- this is perfectly fine- and will start to grow and develop leaves in spring the following year when the weather warm up.
Bare-root plants are perfect for you to plant in the ground or in containers anytime from autumn to spring. The head of leaves and stems will burst into leaf and flower from next spring, and a good root network which will establish in the ground over winter.
Remove the polythene bag and water the root area of your bare-root plant on arrival. Try to plant straight away but if this is not possible your plant will survive up to two or three days with its roots buried in some loose moist soil. Keep out of direct-sun.
Once planted in rich, moist soil provide a thick layer of compost on the surface around the plant will keep the soil area warm and the roots stimulated for over winter.
Eventual height: 4-8m (13-26ft)
Supplied as bare-root tree.
Delivery from November to early April