Malus sargentii Rosaceae
Sargent Crabapple, Pigmy Crabapple MA-lus sar-JEN-te-i
- Deciduous tree (shrub), 10(12) ft [3(3.7)m], (one of the smallest crabapples), mounded, wide spreading, (wider than high), disordered branching with frequent cross-branching, tends to sucker. Leaves alternate, simple, on young rapidly growing shoots may be irregularly lobed, others entire. Flowers white, red in bud opening white, 19-25 mm diam., fruit bright red, 6 mm diam.
- Sun, because of branching habit it is a high maintenance tree with regard to pruning. Scab resistant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (4) 5 Originally from Japan but it is not known in the wild. It possibly is a variation of M. sieboldii. It does not hybridize readily but often breeds true from its seeds (Jacobson, 1996).
- sargentii: after Charles Sargent (1841-1927), discovered and introduced it from Japan, finding it in 1892 in a brackish marsh near Mororan, Hokkaido, Japan.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: along east entrance to Kerr Administration, on 15th St.