Caring For The Sargent Crabapple
The Sargent crabapple tree is a decorative way to spruce up any garden area. It is a smaller tree but it bushes out horizontally and is an extremely attractive. In the spring and early summer tiny flowers form on the branches and they are usually a deep red color. When the flowers are in bloom, the color changes to a creamy white and the blooms are known for their distinctive pleasant fragrance. The sargent crabapple also produces fruit. They are round smaller apples that do not appeal to humans. However, animals such as birds really enjoy the fruit.
The trunks of the sargent crabapple can be trained to form one trunk. The tree only reaches around eight foot at maturity but it can bush up as much as three times the height. The leaves or foliage is usually a deep green color but changes in autumn to a dark brownish red color. It is a member of the rose family and the sargent crabapples are related to pear, cherry and plum trees. Because of their relation to roses, these trees can become infected with the same diseases rose plants have. So they will have to be checked annually for any changes in the bark or color of the tree.
In order to grow a healthy sargent crabapple tree you will have to find an area for the tree. Since they are so small you may also want to plant more than one depending on the space you have available. It does not make a difference what type of soil you place the plant in. It is a hearty plant that thrives in the city as well as the country. But you can add manure or compost to the soil before planting for added nutrients. Space the trees far apart from each other. Remember that the trees when mature are very wide horizontally. You may want the branches to slightly touch but you will not want them to intertwine. This makes pruning the trees very difficult.
The sargent crabapple likes direct sunlight. So they should be placed in a sunny area. If the area is shaded for a few hours everyday that is also fine. But they should never be placed in a completely shaded area. Six hours of direct sunlight is perfect for these trees.
You should water these trees twice a week. But you have to make sure that no water puddles around the root system because it can damage the tree. You can make a watering circle around the base of the trunk. Start at around a foot way from the plant and dig a trench around the base of the tree. It should only be around five inches deep and five inches wide. Instead of watering the complete plant only fill the trench with water. You may have to do this a few times for the water to reach the roots. This way there are no puddles and the roots remain healthy. Even when it rains the water will collect in the circle and not around the roots.
Because these trees are related to roses you will have to check them for insect infestation and diseases. If you suspect that there is a problem you will need to purchase a product to control the problem. You can also make sure that the weeds surrounding the tree are removed because weeds attract harmful insects. Removing them may cure your insect problem.
Do not be alarmed if one year you have a lot of crabapples and another year barely any. This is a natural occurrence and insures that they next years harvest will again be back to normal. If you miss the birds they come to eat your crabapples, you can put out a feeder out for them.