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
Registered or introduced: 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:

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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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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

Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Round Lake, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

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


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 ... read more