This 6 to 10 foot dwarf crabapple can be considered a compact tree or large shrub. In 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.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Small tree (15-25 feet),
- Compact tree (10-15 feet),
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Mid spring,
- Mid fall,
- Late 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 problems
Fireblight, cedar rusts, apple scab, powdery mildew, and japanese beetles are potential problems for crabapples in general.
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.
Some resistance to Japaanese beetles.
Native geographic location and habitat
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, alternate leaves. 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, often in alternate years.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Persistent, 1/3 to 1/2 inch red crabapples.
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.