Malus sargentii
Plant Abstract

Known as- Sargent crabapple
Grow Zone - 4 to 7
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Rosaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Japan
ht.- 6 to 8 ft.
Span- 9 to 15 ft.
Coloring- Pale pink buds; white flowers
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Best grown in loamy, moderate wet, 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).
Although Sargent crabapple may technically be grown as a dwarf tree, it is for all practical purposes usually grown as a dense, spreading, horizontally-branched, deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub. As a shrub, it typically grows 6-8” tall with no central leader and spreads to 15” wide. Pink buds open to a profuse, but brief, spring bloom of fragrant, white flowers (1’ diameter). Profuse bloom often occurs only in alternate years. Flowers are followed by small, red crabapples (1/4’ diameter) which mature in the fall. The pea-sized fruits are sweet-flavored like rose hips, but are not usually used in cooking. Fruits are long-lasting and attractive to birds, however. Ovate, lobed, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn. The yellow fall color contrasts well with the red fruit.
Sargent crabapple generally has good 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.
Common Applications-
A dwarf species which is effective when planted as a small specimen or in groups, near fences, in borders or as a screen or hedge. May not be an appropriate selection for smaller gardens because of its alternate year bloom.