Golden Sentinel™ Columnar Apple

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Enjoy the visually striking and conveniently sized Golden Sentinel™ Apple Columnar Tree. These vertical and narrow growing trees lack long branches but bear lush green foliage and sizable golden-yellow apples. The snow-white flowers bloom in the spring, then mature into a fantastic crop of sweet, firm apples that ripen in mid-September. The fruit of the Golden Sentinel™ is excellent for making traditional cider, applesauce, and baked goods.

Renowned by urban gardeners, these slender apple trees are great for patio containers and smaller gardens. A natural dwarf, the tree will not exceed 12 feet. The Golden Sentinel™ Apple tree is disease resistant. Partner with an apple tree of another variety for cross-pollination and more robust fruiting.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 12' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 3' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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needed for pollinator
Philip P on Mar 11, 2021
needed for pollinator
Philip P on Mar 11, 2021
Limited area for fruit trees
Vicky M on Jan 3, 2021
Limited area for fruit trees
Vicky M on Jan 3, 2021
can you cross polinate with non columnar apple trees such as dwarf crab apple, dwarf mcintosh ,dwarf cortland ,dwarf liberty?
Stephen C on Dec 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately no you can only pollinate the columnar tree with another variety of a columnar tree.
Can I purchase 2 of these instead of another for cross pollination?
Brandi M on Nov 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately no you can not use 2 of the same type you need a Partner with an apple tree of another variety for cross-pollination and more robust fruiting.
Does this tree need staked? If so, how long should it be staked for?
Angles O on Feb 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Because they're so tall and lanky, Stack says to make sure you stake the trees. "If you don't stake them, they might have a tendency to bend over or break, especially with a fruit load, so it's a good idea to start staking them from the get-go. Even when staking is necessary, the sooner the stakes are removed, the sooner the plant can develop a strong trunk and root system. With most small trees, I remove stakes after one year; larger trees might require stakes left in place for two years
good pollinator for Golden Sentinel Columnar Apple?
Hugh S on Jan 2, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The columnar trees require another variety of columnar for proper pollination.
Can this be planted in a 5 gallon bucket? I am a renter. I am limited to a certain amount of container growning space. I'm in zone 4 .
Catelyn O on Dec 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
I am interested in the Golden Sentinel??? Columnar Apple, however you indicate that I would need another columnar apple tree to cross pollinate... do you know when you will have the other variety of columnar apple trees available so that I can order two of them at the same time? Thanks
G F on Dec 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!


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