Malus toringo ssp. sargentii ‘Tina’

dwarf Sargent's crabapple

Outstanding Qualities

Malus toringo subsp. sargentii 'Tina' is an extreme dwarf crabapple. Candy apple red buds open to single white flowers which in turn produce bright red .25 inch fruit that smother the little tree or more like a shrub. 'Tina' is usually top grafted on a 4 or 5 foot trunk to make a topiary-like effect. It is excellent in small gardens and in mixed flower schemes. It would also be effective on a terrace where space is at a premium. It is commonly referred to in the trade as 'Sargent Tina'.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: pink, purple, yellow

Great Color Partners: white, dark green, variegated

Culture Notes

This crabapple grows best and is most disease resistant in full sun. It will adapt to varying soils including sandy sites and clay as long as the location does not have standing water during the winter. Once established it is drought tolerant. This selection was chosen for its superior disease resistance in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Prune young trees for good branch structure. Older trees should have limited pruning only to remove dead, broken or poorly formed branches. Pruning this tree can be tricky for the beginner so consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: oval tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established