At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.
|Latin Name:||Malus sargentii|
|Shape:||Round to spreading|
|Bark:||Gray brown and furrowed|
|Zone:||Zone 4 to Zone 7|
|Size:||6 to 8 feet|
|Spread:||15 to 9 feet|
|Care:||Medium, well drained soil|
Scientifically termed Malus Sargentii, the Sargent Crabapple tree is a close cousin to its Magenta Crabapple counterpart. A member of the Rosaceae family, this species is native to Japan and is widespread throughout North America; it was introduced to the United States by C.S. Sargent in 1892 (and was thusly named). Like the Magenta Crabapple, the Sargent Crabapple favors full sun and medium to wet well-drained soils. The species can be adaptable, boasting a 4-7 hardiness rating.
A colorful tree year-round, the deciduous Sargent Crabapple blossoms in April, revealing a lush and fragrant array of delicate white flowers amidst its lobed green foliage. The individual blossoms are quite small—only about an inch wide—but they bloom in large clusters, creating a gorgeous patchwork of blossoms along the tree limbs. In the summer, the flowers are replaced by brilliant red apples which persist into the colder seasons before the tree’s leaves turn golden-yellow and are shed. The small fruits are a favorite staple of robins, mockingbirds, pheasants, red foxes, and black bears, among others. In winter, it is easiest to distinguish the Sargent Crabapple’s furrowed gray-brown trunk and branches, a favorite perch for many local songbirds.
A sensible and attractive choice, the Sargent Crabapple is prized as an ornamental landscape shrub, reaching an average height of 6-8 ft. and rounding out to about 9-15 ft. Its dense foliage provides adequate shade; the tree proves to be a suitable windbreaker and can serve as a lovely centerpiece shrub. Small enough to avoid tangling with utility lines and fruitful enough to provide food and shelter to wildlife, the Sargent Crabapple excels as both a city and garden tree. While this species requires minimal pruning and little maintenance, it has a low tolerance for salt spray, drought, and pollution; it must be watered and sheltered accordingly in such instances.