Sargent Crabapple Espalier Tree

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Gain incredible year-round interest with the professionally trained and pruned Sargent Crabapple Espalier Tree (Malus sargentii)! This dwarf tree fits wonderfully in any sized yard, but now its form is elevated to the old-world form of Espalier! Perfectly sized for small modern lots and courtyards!

Be delighted by the abundant clusters of fragrant, early spring flowers! The dense, flat trained branches are festooned with pretty pink buds that burst open into fragrant white flowers decorated with brilliant golden stamens. Welcome spring with this scented beauty! Butterflies and local bee populations, as well as hungry songbirds, all flock to these blooms and the following fruit!

The redolent aroma of Sargent is a dream come true after a long, hard winter. By late summer, brilliant, dark red crabapples form and persist long after the yellow leaves drop in fall, the lovely branching and persistent, pea-sized fruit make a wonderful winter display!

Planting and Application:

Once you add an Espalier tree to your yard or as a specimen patio tree, the comments and curiosity won’t stop! One of the smallest Crabapples, Sargent features a branch structure that adds a sculptural effect all year long! The zigzagging branches are trained in the classic style of Espalier so they have a very small footprint

Use as a backdrop to butterfly gardens, or run a hedgerow to create a privacy screen along your seating areas. Grow in large planters, on balconies, postage stamp lots and rooftop gardens. You’ll easily enjoy all the benefits of a flowering Crabapple anywhere! Oh...and yes, the dark-red fruits are edible!

  • Naturally Dwarf Crabapple - Professionally Trained Espalier
  • Pink-Red Buds - Snowy White Fragrant Flowers
  • Ornamental Landscape Tree & Eye-Catching Specimen
  • Bright Red Fruit Persist Through Winter
  • Edible Fruit for Jelly, Birds & Winter Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care: 

Crabapple trees require full sun, so provide your tree at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day in USDA growing zones 4-8. Preferring moist, well-drained soil that is organically enriched, plus a generous layer of mulch to insulate and retain moisture. 

  • Full Sun
  • Moist, Well-Drained Soil
  • Already Trained - Low Maintenance
  • Prune When Dormant if Needed
  • Mulch Well & Regular Watering As Needed

Head over to our Garden Blog for more Scoop on Crabapples! Easy care and low maintenance, Sargent Crabapple Espalier Tree will delight you for years to come! Order yours at today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Sargent Crabapple Espalier Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Bower and Branch
Botanical Name Malus sargentii
Type Deciduous
Mature Height Custom Pruned
Mature Spread Custom Pruned
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes