This ornamental flowering crab is also known as Malus sargentii 'Candymint'. It has been in testing with several aboreta for it's disease resistance and general survivability and has performed very well, especially to apple scab, with moderate resistance to Japanese beetle.
As it's namesake affiliation with Malus sargentii suggests, this flowering crabapple grows wider than it does tall, with a mature height of 8-10', and mature width of 12-15'. The growth habit is also irregular, with the occasional branch shooting toward the sky while most grow horizontally. When buds first break in the spring, foliage starts out dark maroon, and as the leaves grow and mature, these serrated leaves fade to green, while the veins and stem keep a reddish hue. Foliage 1.5"-2" long, 1" wide.
As with most flowering crabs, early spring is when this tree puts on it's big show of blooms, with buds starting as a deep carmine red, fading to a full pink as they open. The small fruit (1/4" diameter) on this tree is also a dark maroon color and is persistent. The Candymint Sargent prefers full sun exposure and well drained, loamy soils, but will tolerate some clays.
This Malus serves as a better specimen plant than it would as a mass planting, and would work well in situations where a low, horizontal element to the landscape is needed.
Malus X 'Centurion' - Centurion Flowering Crab - Blooms and foliage very similar to 'Candymint', but with a more upright growth habit
Malus X 'Sentinel' - Sentinel Flowering Crab - A much more vertical growth habit, with blooms that fade to a light pinkish-white
Areas of Growth:
USDA Zones 4-8
Growth Rate:Soil Type:
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