This 6- to 8-foot dwarf crabapple can be considered a compact tree or large shrub. Every alternating spring, pink buds open to a profusion of fragrant, white flower clusters. The persistent, 1/3-inch red fruits attractive birds and other wildlife. The foliage is dark green, turns yellow in the fall. and contrasts nicely with the red fruit. An excellent choice for the shrub border, in mass, or near patios.
- Mixed border
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Compact tree (10-15 feet)
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mid spring
- Mid fall
Size & form
A 6 to 10 feet high and 6 to 12 feet wide, compact tree or multi-stemmed shrub.
The zigzag, horizontal branches form a dense spreading crown that exceeds the height as plant matures.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun, pH adaptable, tolerant of occasional wet or dry soils.
Prune after flowering.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
This plant has excellent resistance to diseases such as scab, mildew, and rust. It also has good resistance to fire blight.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Red berries are attractive to birds and wildlife
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate. The dark green leaves vary in shape without or with three lobes.
Yellow fall color contrasts nicely with persistent fruit.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Pale pink buds open up to clusters of fragrant white flowers.
Flowers profusely in alternate years.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Persistent, 1/3 to 1/2 inch red fruit.
Cultivars and their differences
Tina ( Malus sargentii 'Tina'): Not always recognized as a Sargent's crabapple cultivar. This compact, low spreading form reaches 3 to 4 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. White flowers; red persistent fruit; good disease resistance.