Scarlet Sentinel Colunmar Apple Overview
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Delicious Apples in a Lot Less Space

Here's a modern day apple tree for you to fall in love with. The manageable Scarlet Sentinel™ Apple (Malus domestica 'Scarlet Sentinel') is a columnar apple tree that stays super narrow. 

Now you can give your family healthy fruit grown at home, along with an eye-catching lesson in the bounty of our natural world. Gorgeous, sweet smelling blossoms cover this fetching selection in spring. Watch in amazement as little apples develop all along the entire length of this pole-shaped tree. It's an astounding show.

Plant these in containers on the patio or plant them in the ground for use as a vertical accent in a border or island garden bed. Just make sure you can reach them for harvest! 

Be a groundbreaker and consider using these on either side of your front door to spark conversation. Imagine being able to gift your guests with crisp, juicy, tart-sweet apples similar to a McIntosh from your very own tree!

Once the apples develop their characteristic red blush in mid- to late-September, you'll be ready for harvest. You'll want to use its partner, Golden Sentinel Columnar Apple as a pollination partner.

Order today, as we will sell out quickly!

  • Bright White Spring Flowers
  • Produces Crisp, Sweet Apples Along Entire Length
  • Can Be Grown in Containers

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep.

Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Columnar Red Apple

The Scarlet Sentinel, along with its pollinating partner Golden Sentinel, are the perfect compliment a wonderful landscape.

This was an introduction from the world-famous breeders at the Summer Research Center in Summerland, British Columbia, a David Lane selection. The original cross was a spur type MacIntosh with a Red Delicious selection. The resulting seed 8C-17-36, was then planted and crossed with Discovery. The resulting Scarlet Sentinel was introduced in the late 1990's.

The Scarlet Sentinel has earned high praise for its wide range of adaptation. It's adapted to all the apple growing regions of the US, including low chill with reports of 2 crops a season in the lower chill climates.

Noted for its disease resistance, the Scarlet Sentinels will require only the most basic of apple care recommended for your area.

The Scarlet Sentinels upright growth is perfect for growing in limited space. Limited pruning is required to encourage its columnar habit. The tree develops short, stout lateral limbs that sustain a substantial yield year to year.

Flower display is intense in this compact plant. The entire tree is covered in blooms in the spring. With its unique shape, the Scarlet Sentinel makes a choice selection for a focal point in the garden.

The Scarlet Sentinel is also recommended for container growing where its columnar growth habit make it a wonderful patio container plant. With a little additional pruning the Scarlet Sentinel becomes a stately upright bush with a very uniform goblet shape.


Scarlet Sentinel Columnar Apple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Botanical Name Malus 'Scarlet Sentinel'
Mature Height 10-12 feet
Mature Spread 2-3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Summer