- Attractive compact landscape tree
- Pink buds open to pure white blossoms (late spring)
- High wildlife value provides food for many species
- Adds color to fall and winter landscape
- 6' to 10' high by 6' to 12' wide
- Zones 4 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, WA
Zones 4 - 8
The Sargent Crabapple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Sargent Crabapple falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees
6' - 10' High
The Sargent Crabapple grows to be 6' - 10' feet in height.
6' - 12' Spread
The Sargent Crabapple has a spread of about 6' - 12' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. [More about this.]
This crabapple does well in full sun.
The Sargent crab grows in all textures of soils, alkaline to acidic, occasionally wet, and dry.
This crabapple has rounded shape.
The Sargent crab is an attractive, compact tree or shrub, easy to transplant and grow. The small size and dense, wide spreading crown makes it useful under utility lines if there is room for a spreading crown, confined yards or gardens, privacy screens and hedges, and on sloping ground. Its attributes for wildlife and dependable spring beauty add to its appeal for home landscaping. Fragrant, pure white flowers are borne in great profusion in the spring. The red berry-like fruit is a favorite of birds, so much so, they may strip the tree prematurely before winter. Sargent crabs are often used in bonsai. Our Sargent Crabapple seedlings are budded to whole root stock.
The wildlife value is very high. The pea-sized fruits make is easy for birds of many species to pluck and swallow. They are especially favored by cedar waxwings, robins, grosbeaks, and mockingbirds. Red-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit, red fox, and black bear also enjoy the fruit. The tree's dense foliage has the added value of providing protective shelter.
The name of this species comes from the man who introduced it from its native Japan in 1892, C.S. Sargent.
The Sargent crab prefers moist, well drained soil, but will tolerate drier soils.
The leaves are alternate, simple, oval, 2"-4" long, with fine serrations. They consist of two types: without any lobes and with three lobes. The new leaves are light green, later turning medium to dark green, and to yellow in the fall.
Pink buds open to fragrant, 5-petaled, white flowers with a golden stamen, approximately 3/4" in diameter. Sargent crab is an alternate bearer, blooming heavily only every other year.
The berry-like pomes are at first greenish yellow with a red cheek, later turning bright red, about 1/3"-1/2" in diameter, and hang on the tree in clusters persistent into winter.
Crabapples are self-fertile, which means they depend on insects such as bees to transfer pollen between flowers on the same tree, though they do not require another tree of the same kind to produce crabapples.
Did you know that crabapples will also pollinate apple trees? However, because bees tend to stay within the same flower color when foraging apple blossoms, try and match the flower color of the crabapple to the apple variety.
Sargent Crabapple is an attractive compact landscape tree with abundant clusters of fragrant white flowers in the spring. The pink buds open into pure white blossoms followed by 1/3"-1/2 " berry-like fruits that turn bright red in early fall and persist on the tree into winter. Low zig-zag, horizontal branching forms a dense spreading crown that exceeds the height with maturity. Routinely grown as a multi-stemmed tree or shrub, it can be pruned to a single trunk. The pea-sized fruit is a favorite of birds and the dense foliage provides protective shelter.
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.