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Sargent Tina Crabapple is a dwarf flowering tree that scores big on a very short list of very small trees for the landscape. Whether your garden is large or small, you’ll find the room for this sweet little Crabapple tree. Wherever it’s planted—by your front porch, backyard patio, pool, or in a cozy courtyard—it will be the star of the show. Its built-in disease resistance means that your Sargent Tina Crab will always look sharp, from the time its cherry-red buds burst forth into a cloud of white flowers to the time winter-resident songbirds pick off the last of the vivid red crabapple fruits. And disease resistance also means low-maintenance for you!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 5-7'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Charles Sargent was appointed Director of the fledgling Arnold Arboretum at Harvard in 1873. Although he was a graduate of Harvard, he was no Ivory Tower intellectual when it came to building the tree collections. He got his hands dirty collecting trees himself—sometimes on the other side of the world. He brought back the dwarf “Sargent” Crab from Japan in 1892. Sometime before 1972, William McReynolds of Hooks Nursery, near Chicago, sowed some Sargent seeds (by the seashore?) and got this super-small cutie-pie. It’s named after his granddaughter.
This tiny Tina is perfect for small gardens! A very small ornamental Crabapple, Sargent Tina can fit in urban gardens or take part in a wildlife garden in a larger yard. Pink flower buds open to white fragrant flowers in spring - a treat for hummingbirds and honeybees. Tiny bright red crabapples appear in fall - a treat for your feathered friends. Sargent Tina Crabapple is a magnificent little tree - and a treat for you!
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:
4-5' tall. This very small growing tree is shipped and grown in our #15 tree container. Fully developed structure, the hard work is completed.
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