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-t- Planting Mix
Red Columnar Apple Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Red Columnar Apple Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-12 ft.

Mature Width:

2-3 ft.


Full Sun


10-20 ft.

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Fruit Color:

Red blush

Year to Bear:

0-1 years

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Botanical Name:

Malus 'Scarlet Sentinel'

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Get solid production with good taste

We're not going out on a limb when we tell you you'll absolutely love all the positive attributes of the Scarlett Sentinel Columnar Apple tree.

For starters, the tree grows arrow straight and has virtually no branches! That makes it the perfect choice for confined or tight areas. Also, this tree is as sturdy and hardy as any apple tree around. It's been known to withstand summer temperatures of well over 100 degrees and still yield healthy and productive harvests with delicious fruit as soon as the first year of planting.

Frankly, Scarlet combines Good Taste and Great Eye Appeal

Flanked by shiny, deep green leaves, the Scarlet Sentinel's abundant apples hang like plump, red and green bells on an unfurled Christmas wreath. It's a rich look of fruity goodness that will drape in great numbers during several productive, annual harvests. Their sweet and aromatic flavor lends itself well to sliced cheese and a glass of your favorite wine. Crisp and juicy, the Scarlet apple boasts both good looks and satisfying taste throughout the growing season.

Diversity in the Landscape

Now that you know the Scarlet Sentinel will exceed your expectations of solid production and good taste, it's also nice to know that this tree is virtually trouble free. Unaffected by bugs, pests and disease, even windy locations are no hindrance to its successful growth and yields. As if all that's not enough, snow white blossoms will emerge late from this dwarf that won't grow much beyond 10 feet tall.

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Customer Reviews

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Red Apple tree came in few months ago along with green apple tree and avocado tree. Its grown almost a foot higher in the last 2 months. Don't know if its the awesome New England climate or the all natural manure. Either way I received a very healthy tree that adapted to the atmosphere of my garden very well. I can't wait till I only need to go to the comforts of my back yard for my apple picking pleasure!
July 28, 2015
Natick, MA
1 year ago
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Love this tree. Doing well in patio pot. Now with multiple blooms and new leaves. Can't wait to watch the apples grow
July 31, 2015
1 year ago
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Apple treee doing well
The tree arrived in moderate condition, but after planting it in my yard it has come around and is doing well. It had a few blooms, but I picked them off as wanted all the energy to go into establishing a good root system. I look forward tp a harvest next year!
July 26, 2015
Colorado Springs, CO
over 2 years ago
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Slow and Steady
So far so good. The tree has survived two hail storms and 100F temperatures. New growth is obvious, and hopefully I'll see fruit next year.
July 25, 2015
1 year ago
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Arrived bare rooted and displayed blossoms in the first 3 weeks after planting. Doing very well in the first year
July 28, 2015
1 year ago
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growing well
Has begun to put on new leaves and develop new roots in the soil. Came with very short roots and questioned it surviving to next year. So far it is surprising me with its new growth.
July 25, 2015
Minneapolis, MN
1 year ago
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Great healthy tree! Beautiful on the back patio. Quick shipping. Only have had it for a couple of weeks but has new growth already.
July 7, 2016
Indianapolis, IN
7 months ago
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Shipping was very fast, the Apple tree I ordered was much larger than expected and I am very happy with it. I ordered 6 trees and they all came in one box, one of the trees was a little battered when it arrived but they are all doing very well and getting bigger. Love the trees
June 3, 2016
Emory, TX
8 months ago
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Did great this first year. No fruit, but survived two months of brutal hot, dry weather this summer as if it was not brutal at all. Did not bother it. Heavy rains earlier in the year, drought later. I was away for part of the drought and though I'd come back to a devastated tree, but apparently it did not miss me at all. A caterpillar ate many leaves off my semi-dwarf apple tree, but the columnar was ignored (at least this year).
December 10, 2016
1 year ago
So far so good.
It's alive. We will see if it stays that was. Everything else o ordered at the same time is just about dead or dead already.
September 25, 2016
Las vegas, NV
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Red Columnar Apple Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Red Columnar Apple Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Red Columnar Apple Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Red Columnar Apple Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Two productive fruit trees with a columnar shape appropriate for the small amount of space I have for growing.
Harold W on Nov 14, 2016
Thought this would be A great tree for the patio.
Randy G on Oct 29, 2016
Two productive fruit trees with a columnar shape appropriate for the small amount of space I have for growing.
Harold W on Nov 14, 2016
Takes less space and can be pot grown.
Mark B on Nov 11, 2016
Thought this would be A great tree for the patio.
Randy G on Oct 29, 2016
Smaller size
Cheryl M on Oct 26, 2016
It's my Mom's favorite fruit
Priscilla D on Oct 1, 2016
Have always wanted an apple tree
Lisa W C on Sep 18, 2016
looks interesting, love apples but don't want full sized tree, to big , to much fruit plus have limited space
Raymond C on Sep 13, 2016
I wanted a fruit tree to work into the front yard landscaping...love that the tree is virtually vertical.
Kara E on Aug 15, 2016
Need a tree that can grow in a container. I'm looking forward to seeing how this tree does.
Christina J on Apr 17, 2016
love the idea of the columnar apple trees, planted well and survived a cold winter, already started budding in early April. Definitely looking forward to what this years harvest has in store :)
Brian K on Apr 14, 2016
Dwarf size apple tree
Michelle M on Apr 14, 2016
small yard better for you to grow your own
Katherin K on Apr 14, 2016
not a lot of room is required.... great for a fence line .... no worries about brancing
Troy B on Apr 14, 2016
I love columnar apple trees. they fit into small spaces and add structure to a garden
cindy r on Apr 8, 2016
small size and lots of fruit by description.
Tom H on Apr 5, 2016
TODD M on Mar 18, 2016
small yard space
James D on Mar 7, 2016
Always wanted a fruit tree, an this tree offered a good price, especially for a first time buyer.
Christopher M on Feb 6, 2016
Because of limited space in my yard
Louise A S on Dec 10, 2015
My friend gave me one and I liked the taste.
Karen A on Oct 30, 2015
MARIA V on Oct 29, 2015
I have a very productive and small fruit garden. This tree will make a great addition.
James L on Oct 6, 2015
I purchased two of these Red Columar Apple trees as focal points for my front yard landscape!
Charity H on Aug 26, 2015
Takes less space and can be pot grown.
Mark B on Nov 11, 2016
Smaller size
Cheryl M on Oct 26, 2016
Does it grow well and mature in pots? Will it self-pollinate?
Meera S on Nov 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are self-pollinating and grows well in a container.
What size pot is a 3-4 foot red columnar apple tree in? Or would it be in, if it were shipped in a pot?
Jonathan V on Apr 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They will be shipped in a pot, I would transplant it in a 3-5 gallon pot.
I bought 1 of each. A red, golden and green. Will they pollinate each other?
kyle w on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they will pollinate one another.
How wide and deep of a pot will a 8 ft tree need to thrive?
Tim D on Jun 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: A pot between 16 - 23 inches in diameter would be great for your Red Columnar Apple Tree.
I'm apartment patio gardening so my patio has a ceiling. Will this tree produce if I keep it clipped at 8ft?
Genesis H on Mar 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely it should. I am planning on doing the same thing just for the sake of easy picking.
does this tree self pollinate?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've read yes and also no. We planted last fall and have 1 apple this year. I also planted a Fuji Apple tree close by. It has 2 apples. So the jury is still out. I'd say two trees of different variety that bloare better than one
If growing this tree in a pot on a deck, will it need to be in a green house in the winter months in zone 7?
Diana W on Sep 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I purchased one of these for my dad two years ago. He also lives in zone 7, and leaves his out year round with no problems. This summer was the first time he had apples. Your biggest challenge may be keeping wildlife, in my dads case probably deer, from eating your bounty. Enjoy it, and just forget it during the winter. It will quickly rebloom in the spring.
When do the columnar apple tree apples ripen? Mine are getting big and some have fallen - just don't want to leave them on the tree too long or pick too early. Help please. I am in area code 97408 and we have had a HOT summer
Diane L on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are most likely ready..try a bite of one..if it doesn't taste right..then pick the ones you have..lay them on a cloth napkin then cover them with another one (don't let them touch) keep them out of the sun..in a few days they should be ripe. But they might be done.mmy came early this year as well
are the Columnar Apple Tree disease and pest resistant?
kevin n on Jan 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We use the most pest and diseases root stock
What are "chill hours" and what does it mean?
ShawnIGGYmama on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Most fruit trees require a certain amount of days over the winter where the temp is below a certain point (not sure if that point is freezing or where it is), It needs these day to enable the tree to set blossoms for pollination an eventually developing fruit, That's why certain fruit trees do no do well in the south and others will not produce in the north. Its because of too many or too few chill days. I purchased two columnar apple. and this summer was their first summer. One tree did set fruit, the other has not.. Not sure if it had anything to do with chill hours--but I know they have the potential. This is why its important to check the recommended zones for each plant/tree.
How far apart should a columnar red and a columnar green apple tree be planted in the ground for best pollination?
Davene M on Dec 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 3 feet apart, but within 50 feet.
I'd like to keep this in a pot so that it pollinates a Cripp's Pink Apple tree that I have. Will that work? Also, if I do put it in the ground can I put it amongst grass, like you can do with a Japanese maple tree? Thank you!!!
Alexis H on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should grow fine in a pot just make sure it's big enough, I planted mine in the ground last year and it's doing great, I think it grows faster/ better in the ground than potted. Should do fine amongst grass as long as it gets proper sun and water. Have mine next to a green columnar, was under the impression these were self pollinating trees unless your crisp isn't from fastgrowing, bought another one this year for the front of the house that is surrounded by grasses and shrubs it's doing great, I didn't even think about the effects because my other two frees are doing so well ??
Will this tree produce fruit indoors overwinter ?
Melissa A on Nov 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, it would be best outdoors so it could get the needed 500 chill hours, to produce fruit the next season. It needs 500 hours from Nov-Feb where the temperature gets 40-45 degrees
For the Columnar Apple Tree what size plant container do you recommend? I have a small space on my patio big enough for two of these trees.
Jon E on Oct 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend at least a 15 gallon pot.
can you plant this tree in the fall in MI?
Cristy D on Jul 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not, although I think planting it now, would be a bit better....just as long as you plant before any possible sign of frost sets in should be fine....just keep it mind it takes a few years before the fruit appears(hopefully) Mine's is n it's second year, with little space so if you've lots of space, good growing area maybe it would take less time and growth more guaranteed....also note that you must have another apple tree for cross pollination. Good Luck!
What does this apple taste closest to compared to other apple trees? (Red delicious, Fuji, Pink Lady, etc.).
H J on May 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is said to taste similar to a McIntosh.
When does it bear fruit, and how big is a "big yield"?
April on Jul 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This tree is bearing fruit now..should be ready by October. Mine is rather young but she is yielding 23 apples. Amazing tree
I'm limited on space. What other tree could I used to pollinated it ????
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Ted Red Columnar Apple Tree is self fertile, so you don't need another tree. Two Red Columnar Apple Trees would work very well to pollinate each other.

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