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Sargent's crabapple covers itself in spring with red buds that open to white flowers, followed by small dark red fruits that persist into early winter. A deciduous large shrub or small tree native to Japan, it has a spreading, mounded habit. The leaves are oval and dark green with teeth on their edges. In mid-to-late spring the bare branches fill with clusters of red buds that open to fragrant, pure white flowers that attract bees. The leaves emerge as the flowers open. The fruits mature to deep red by early autumn and hang on the twigs in dense clusters. Birds relish the fruits. In fall, the leaves turn yellow and light green.
Grow Sargent's crabapple in full sun in a fertile, deep, moist soil. This is a very easy plant to grow, tolerant of a wide array of soils. It needs a long period of cold in winter to flower fully in spring. Although tolerant of summer heat, it grows best in regions with cool to warm summers. It grows poorly in the heat and dryness of low deserts. Use this mounding crabapple species as an accent tree in a mixed border or foundation planting. There is a cultivar, 'Rosea,' that has buds of a deeper red than the species and flowers that are slightly larger. It also grows slightly taller than the species. There is a dwarf selection, ‘Tina,' that grows to shoulder height, and is very wide-spreading.
8 - 1
4 - 8
A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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