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Red Columnar Apple Tree

Malus 'Scarlet Sentinel'


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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™ 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
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

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.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


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Fruit Color:

Red blush

Year to Bear:

0-1 years

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

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.

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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Red Columnar Apples
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
over 2 years 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
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
over 2 years ago
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Red Columnar Apple Tree
Arrived bare rooted and displayed blossoms in the first 3 weeks after planting. Doing very well in the first year
July 28, 2015
over 2 years 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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Easy to grow and quick to fruit. My dad loves these and I can't recommend enough what a great gift it is for people with limited room to grow.
September 12, 2016
Jamesville, NC
over 2 years 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
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
over 2 years 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
over 2 years ago
Good first 6 months
I planted the tree in late December. It is finally blooming and mini apples are growing.
May 9, 2017
11 months ago
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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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Why did you choose this? Store
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
A great addition to my container garden.
Candace C on Oct 11, 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
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
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
The look of the fruit. Th interesting growth training of the tree, ease of harvest.
Kenneth W on Oct 6, 2017
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.
How do you prune branches each year?
Jimmy on May 16, 2017
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
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.
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
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.
We have a crab apple tree in our yard is this enough for pollinating? If so, will it affect the outcome of the fruit?
Patricia A on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have no idea how to answer that
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.
Lifespan of this tree?
Fernando V on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can live up to 60 years.
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
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
You can leave this tree in a planter forever?
And it needs a pollinator? Thanks!
Angela S on Sep 26, 2017

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