Sargent's Flowering Crab

Malus sargentii

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Sargent's Flowering Crab (Malus sargentii) at The Growing Place

Sargent's Flowering Crab flowers

Sargent's Flowering Crab flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sargent's Flowering Crab (Malus sargentii) at The Growing Place

Sargent's Flowering Crab

Sargent's Flowering Crab

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Roseybloom


A distinctive ornamental shrub which features fragrant white flowers emerging from red buds in spring followed by persistent red fruit in fall, distinctly horizontal branching is very attractive; needs well-drained soil and full sun, makes a great accent

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Ornamental Features

Sargent's Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. The fruits are showy red pomes carried in abundance from early to mid fall. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sargent's Flowering Crab is a dense deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sargent's Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sargent's Flowering Crab will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features