Enjoy the striking pillar of snow-white flowers on Golden Sentinel ™ Columnar Apple Tree. Following this spectacular spring flower display are good crops of large, attractive, golden yellow fruit. Sweet, firm, and delicious, Golden Sentinel ™ is one of our favorites for fresh eating, cider, and baking.
Latin Name: Malus domestica
Site and Soil: All apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. Crabapples and Columnars will likely be smaller. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: All apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set.
Hardiness: Golden Sentinel is hardy to minus 30° F or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-12 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Mid-September
Yield: 50+ fruit
Pests & Diseases: Golden Sentinel ™ is very resistant to Apple Scab. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones