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Pink Princess™ Sargent Crabapple
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Support your local honeybees with a Pink Princess™ Sargent Crabapple—a pollinator paradise when it opens its profusion of rosy pink blossoms in spring. You’ll do another good deed for wildlife by providing songbirds with hundreds of sweet-tasting crabapple fruits in winter. And all year-round, this gorgeous little ornamental tree will be a feast for the eyes for you as well! When you see its pretty pink flowers, clean foliage, unique spreading habit, and glossy red fruits for yourself, you’ll be as happy as the neighborhood critters that you chose a Pink Princess™ Crabapple for your yard.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 10-15'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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In 1873, Harvard grad Charles Sargent became the first Director of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts. Not content to sit back and let others send him additions to the new arboretum, he traveled the world collecting plants himself. One of his acquisitions was a new (to the West) Crabapple from Japan with a naturally dwarf habit. In the 1980s, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon used this “Sargent” Crab in hybridizing this selection. Pink Princess has the tidy, dwarf form of Sargent, but soft pink flowers instead of white.
The perfect “princess” for a smaller garden! The distinct, horizontal branching produces bright rose pink flowers in the spring and red fruit in the fall. It also keeps its red tinted leaves all season long. This lovely flowering tree will attract birds throughout the year.
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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