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PlantFiles: Sargent's Crabapple
Malus sargentii

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: sargentii (sar-JEN-tee-eye) (Info)
Hybridized by Arnold Arboretum; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1892

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Time:
Late season flowering

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Rootstock Vigor:
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Bearing Habit:
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Disease Resistance:
Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew
Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust
Resistant to Fireblight

Fruit Usage:

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
By grafting
By budding

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 13, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Habit is unlike any other crabapple I know. It's almost shrublike, much wider than tall, and doesn't really have a trunk---generally gets 6-8' tall and twice as wide. The crown naturally touches the ground.

Very handsome in bloom and out. Highly disease resistant.

This is a species and not a hybrid. The Arnold Arboretum introduced it but did not hybridize it.

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Produces small fruit that birds and critters love. Blooms April-May in my garden.

Positive mike3764 On May 7, 2007, mike3764 from Stewartstown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Wow...that is all I can say about this plant. I received two of these free from the National Arbor Day Foudation in 2001 and planted the seedlings in a side garden the first full year for root growth. Rabbits ate one, but I was able to keep one away from them. Transplanted into my backyard after 2 years.

After the transplant, this tree grew extrememly fast! In the fall/winter of 2006 I had a few berries turn up. Late winter of 2006 to 2007 I did a lot of pruning to the lower branches (that were too low). April of 2007 showed beautiful white flowers. Even though the bottom of the trunk is damaged by rabbits (several times!), this tree is amazingly strong and fights back after a previous drought, rabbit damage, heavy pruning, etc. It is in clay/rocky soil as well and now over 6 feet tall. I highly recommend one of these...if my conditions didn't kill it, you will have even better results with yours!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Round Lake, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Andover, Kansas
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Canton, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Tecumseh, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Willis, Michigan
Elba, New York
Horseheads, New York
Liverpool, New York
Mahopac, New York
Holly Ridge, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
Broaddus, Texas
Houston, Texas
Blaine, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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