Common Name: Sargent crabapple
Type: Deciduous shrub
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Suggested Use: Hedge, Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Tolerate: Clay Soil, Air Pollution
Best grown in loamy, medium moisture, well-drained, acidic soil in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils however. Prune May to early June (i.e., after flowering but before flower buds form for the following year).
This Sargent crabapple cultivar is a densely-branched, spreading, deciduous, dwarf shrub which typically grows smaller than the species, namely to 4-5' tall. Pink buds open to a profuse spring bloom of fragrant, white flowers (1" diameter). Flowers are followed by small, red crabapples (1/4" diameter) which mature in the fall. The pea-sized fruits are long-lasting and attractive to birds. Ovate, lobed, dark green leaves. The Royal Hortictural Society lists this plant as symonymous with Malus toringo subsp. sargentii 'Tina'.
Excellent disease resistance. Minor susceptibility to apple scab, leaf spot and fire blight. Potential insect pests are of lesser concern and include tent caterpillars, aphids, Japanese beetles, borers, spider mites and scale.
A dwarf cultivar which is effective as a small specimen or in groups when planted in borders, near fences or as a low screen or hedge.