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Sargent Crabapple is a small but wide-spreading ornamental tree that is perfect for the wildlife-friendly garden—though it has plenty of people-pleasing qualities as well! You’ll love the abundant, bright white flowers in spring that hug the branches like garlands strung with popcorn, and honeybees and other pollinators will eagerly get to work on them. In fall, you’ll enjoy the display of hundreds of tiny red crab apple fruits (like Red Hots candies), and songbirds will appreciate them, too. We grow this beautiful, disease-resistant flowering Crabapple as a multi-stem tree, which has a low, thickety habit great for massing in naturalistic wildlife gardens, and as a single-stem tree for more formal landscapes.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Spacing: 10-12'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Charles Sargent graduated from Harvard University in 1862, while America was embroiled in the Civil War. Sargent joined the Army and fought for the Union, attaining the rank of major (so he was “Major Sargent”?). It is thought that a long trip to Europe after the war inspired his passion for horticulture. He became the first director of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum in 1873. In Japan in 1892, he collected the Crabapple that bears his name. Our Single-Stem Sargent Crabs are limbed up in “Tree-Form,” with a short trunk clear of branches.
Good things do come in small packages! You won't believe all of the brilliant white blossoms that appear in the spring on this lovely dwarf tree. This Crabapple has very distinct dark, green, lobed foliage. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful mix of yellow, bronze and red. The birds love feasting on the bright red berries in the fall also. One of the hardiest flowering Crabapples available. Atten..hut!!!
How to Grow
Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine. Crabapples also like fertilizer, the more you give them – the more they grow. Once a year apply a simple tree fertilizer during fall to help promote new growth and flowers for the following season. Pruning Flowering Crabapples is fairly easy. Prune branches after your Crabapple is done flowering and cut off any suckers around the base of your tree whenever they appear.
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Size B Trees:
5-6' tall dwarf grown in our #15 tree container, this smaller growing tree has a well developed canopy and branching structure. Stem caliper 1 - 1 1/2".
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