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Sargent’s crabapple

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 color and contrasts nicely with the red fruit. An excellent choice for the shrub border, in mass, or near patios.

Botanical name: 
Malus sargentii
All Common Names: 
Sargent’s crabapple
Family (English): 
Rose
Family (Botanic): 
Rosaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Growth Rate: 
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Occasional drought
  • Occasional flooding
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Pink
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Compact tree (10-15 feet)
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Spreading
  • Upright
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Mixed border
  • Screen
  • Patio/sidewalk
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Mid fall
More Information: 

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

Japan

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.