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MALUS sargentii

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS sargentii

Plant Common Name

Sargent's Crabapple

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes