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Red Columnar Apple Tree

Malus 'Scarlet Sentinel'


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-t- Root Rocket™ 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

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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.

Coarse 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

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.


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Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

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.

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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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Red Columnar Apple Tree Pollination

Red Columnar Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Crabapple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

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Customer Reviews

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Great Little Tree
While I've had mixed results with the various purchases from FGT, The Red Columnar Apple tree has done very well. Planted 2 seasons ago and the tree has produced apples. I would buy again.
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August 24, 2018
Exactly what I was looking for
So far all is well. The tree arrived quickly and looking quite good. Got it planted immediately and it continues to look great.
August 15, 2018
St. Louis , MO
4 months ago
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I brought two of these trees and they both died within the year, I am an experienced gardener who has grow vegetables, bushes & trees for many years
July 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Great tree
I havn't had it long enough to get any fruit but I must say it arrived healthy and has continued to flourish in its pot I expect big things from it
June 17, 2018
9 months ago
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I purchased 3 columnar trees last year. They settled in well and showed good growth last season. This spring all 3 are dead after something stripped the bark from their trunks over the winter. The listing is a bit misleading as it states the tree is "virtually trouble free and unaffected by bugs, pests, and disease". Just a word of warning- do your own research as these apples trees may need bark protection!!
May 29, 2018
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My first one was cracked from being shipped with another pot on top of its top stem. The new tree arrived good but has since lost the apples and alot of its leaves have wilted and dryed off. Still waiting for new leaves
May 25, 2018
10 months ago
Healthy Apple Tree
Having planted the Red Columnar apple tree several months ago, the tree is growing well. It has many leaves and looks very healthy.
May 22, 2018
1 year ago
Fast producing fruit tree
A wonderful surprise when the tree arrived already full of blossoms and potential apples. Unfortunately, over half the blossoms and tiny apples were lost shortly after transplanting. May have been my fault as I could have used Miraclegro potting soil slightly mixed with the top soil on hand, but I did not.
May 19, 2018
8 months ago
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i ordered the smaller size. Was in great condition when it arrived and doing great after planting. Will see how it does long term.
September 19, 2017
1 year ago
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Can't wait!!!
The tree came in looking healthy and strong. On day one i put her into a bigger pot, fertilized, and watered. It has been a little over a month and I am excited to get my first apple. I think it is a little too late in the season (Aug 2017) for an apple this summer, but next year will be great.
August 4, 2017
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

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

Red Columnar Apple Tree Planting Diretions

The Red Columnar apple (Malus ‘Scarlet Sentinel’) is a compact apple tree that can grow in almost any climate as it is heat and cold tolerant. Growing in USDA zones 4-8 it can take temperatures as low as -20 as well as being heat tolerant enough for much of the south. The Red Columnar apple tree only reaches a mature height of 8-12 feet tall and a width of 2-3 feet making it a great container tree, as well as a lovely addition to your landscape. These trees will need a different variety of apple tree for fruit production as they are not self fertile.

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Red Columnar apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Red Columnar apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Red Columnar apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your Red Columnar apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
Easy to grow
Cat in the hat on Nov 27, 2018
small gardening
annie O on Nov 3, 2018
Easy to grow
Cat in the hat on Nov 27, 2018
Fruit producing
Lisa T on Nov 14, 2018
small gardening
annie O on Nov 3, 2018
We needed a 2nd apple tree as a pollinator. This was a great price and won't take up much space in our orchard. It also sounds like the fruit is super yummy! We can't wait to try it.
Chris and Lelia E on Sep 2, 2018
My kids LOVE apples and so I finally decided it would pay off eventually to just get a apple tree!
Sierra S on Jun 7, 2018
I have always wanted an apple tree. My court yard is small so this is a great solution. I'm very excited to be able to grow apples. I hope they taste good.
Mary N on May 28, 2018
I have a patio where this will work nicely in the corners
Tyler P on Apr 15, 2018
have one now for years, need a cross pollinator.
steven P on Apr 7, 2018
I am looking for small trees that can grow well in a pot. Plus I love apples.
Jannice C on Feb 17, 2018
Dwarf tree will fit perfectly .New York City not too much space to play with
roger p on Feb 12, 2018
I love plants
Yaris J on Jan 23, 2018
wanted fruit tree but only have very small area by patio
jackie m on Jan 21, 2018
Small space, easy for kids to learn about growing fruit
Jennifer G on Dec 21, 2017
I wanted to have fresh apples available, and to be able to grow in a container on my deck. These look wonderful, and price/shipping policy excellent.
Maria S on Nov 4, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
A great addition to my container garden.
Candace C on Oct 11, 2017
The look of the fruit. Th interesting growth training of the tree, ease of harvest.
Kenneth W on Oct 6, 2017
same as above
Bonnie P on Sep 29, 2017
Limited space in back yard
sophie k on Sep 23, 2017
like apples. compactness for apartment living / patio
Lee v on Aug 16, 2017
Takes up little space
Alexander D on Aug 5, 2017
Needed a second one for the one I bought at menards
Adam L on Jul 23, 2017
To try a red apple variety
James Michael J on Jul 20, 2017
Because I am able to grow the apple tree on my deck and bring inside during winter.
Kristin M on Jul 16, 2017
had them at previous location
nancy b on Jul 4, 2017
Live in a mobile home park with limited space .. am doing all container gardening
Rhonda B on Jun 22, 2017
Looking for a tree that stayed smaller/took up less space.
Andrew O on Jun 19, 2017
We have a small front yard but want to start growing our own fruit. I LOVE that this will fit perfectly and we can snack from our front yard garden.
Kristen J on Jun 4, 2017
I have a sun room & would love to grow fruit trees there, this looked like a good fruit tree
cheryl a on Jun 2, 2017
I live in the city.
This makes a great example of Urban perennial gardening and sustainability in small spaces.
Troy J on Jun 2, 2017
I am hoping the flavor will be good. To slice and eat. My grand daughters 6th birthday and she likes the red apple.
Carol H on May 30, 2017
Looking forward to trying apples from our own yard.
Adriana L on May 28, 2017
I always wanted a columnar tree that bears a variety of apples I have never tasted before.
Kim M on May 25, 2017
It looks like something I can keep in my sun room all year round, but bring in during freezing temperatures. Very excited about this purchase
Mariano D on May 21, 2017
I love apples and have always wanted apple trees in my backyard but didn't have the room for it. If this works I will be ordering at least two more for next years. I love baking apple treats and if I can use fresh apples from my own yard I'll be so happy
Catherine B on May 8, 2017
My son loves red apple varieties, this is one that would not take a lot of space and I could grow it in a container.
Patricia D on May 4, 2017
Wanted small tree the deer won't get to.
psjh1 on Mar 27, 2017
Like this apple and for decoration
Kevin C on Mar 24, 2017
It looked interesting and fun. I am looking forward and waiting to see if it survived the winter.
Michael G M on Mar 13, 2017
takes little space
smitty on Mar 1, 2017
I want to have my own orchard !
Wendy Sue I on Feb 15, 2017
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 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
Fruit producing
Lisa T on Nov 14, 2018
We needed a 2nd apple tree as a pollinator. This was a great price and won't take up much space in our orchard. It also sounds like the fruit is super yummy! We can't wait to try it.
Chris and Lelia E on Sep 2, 2018
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.
How do you prune branches each year?
Jimmy on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about ⅓ of their length. This will assist the tree in compensating the reduction in the roots trimmed to fit the pot. Trim off any intersecting, damaged, dead, or diseased looking periodically. This should be done in the summer and late winter seasons.
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 a few days they should be ripe. But they might be done.mmy came early this year as well
What are "chill hours" and what does it mean?
ShawnIGGYmama on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is the amount of hours between the temperatures of 32-45 degrees fahrenheit, that a plant needs while in the dormant stage, in order to produce fruit the next year.
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
Should I fertilize my columnar tree? If so, what type of fertilizer should I use and how often?
Ingie on Jul 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This spring, I used two Jobe's fruit tree fertilizer spikes for each columnar apple tree. I also use miracle grow dissolved in water once every week. In fall, I stop using miracle grow.
I'm looking to plant these trees in a row. Why do they need 8, 10 or more feet of spacing?
c t on May 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Don't think u need more than a few feet. I have one a few feet from a rhododendron and about 5 or 6 get from the house. I have another only a couple feet from the garage and 2 more in giant pots. They all are doing quite well. Most I got from FGT and some from a big box store. The FGT specimens always outperform the others. They're stronger, healthier, have more bud sites, and grow faster.
You don't need a ton of space for columnars but you need to be able to walk around them, and they shouldn't come in contact with other plants or branches for the health of the tree and the maintenance. Columnars will branch a little too. Could get 2-3 feet wide, plus add another 2-3 feet clearance. You can prune them back too.
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
I have these trees planted in pots in Colorado. Are they okay to leave outside in the winter? Is there a temperature at which I should bring them inside?
Ryan M on Oct 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have two red columnar apple trees planted outside in the ground that stayed out all winter. If the trees are in pots they should be moved inside because the roots aren’t fully protected from the freeze. The roots should have several inches of dirt and mulch to act like a blanket if left in the ground.
Can I plant green columnar apple tree next to the red columnar apple tree? If so, How far from each other should be the apple trees ? I want them in pots.
Cynthia F on Jun 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I planted (in ground) my red columnar tree about 5 feet from the green columnar one, last year. They flowered this year and while many fruits appeared, heavy winds blew most fruits away! Maybe next year I will be more lucky! But I would say even in containers keeping them away at a four ft distance should be OK. Best. I live in zone 7.
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.
I live in mid-Michigan and would like to plant a couple of red and green columnar trees. Is it too late to plant now or should I wait until next spring?
[email protected] R on Jun 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water.
Will this red columnar apple tree be pollinated by my dwarf red rome apple tree? I would love to just buy 2 if these but can't afford it at this time.
Todd M on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Red Columnar Apple would need the Golden Columnar or Green Columnar Apple. Crabapple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.
How tall do the trees get?
Richard S on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Red Columnar Apple can get 8 to 12 feet when mature.
Lifespan of this tree?
Fernando V on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can live up to 60 years.
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
How do the red and green apples taste?
M.Peters on Jul 26, 2018
Two months after planting my red columnar apple tree’s leaves started to darken and dry up in bunches. I have a green columnar apple tree next to it which seems to be doing fine. Does anybody else have a similar experience?
Rayna H on Jun 23, 2018

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