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Tina Flowering Crab

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One of the most popular dwarf ornamentals, smothered in fragrant pink flowers in spring followed by red fruit in fall, artistic branching habit is very attractive; needs well-drained soil and full sun, makes a great accent in the mixed garden border

Characteristics

Species:
sargentii
Other Species Names:
Sargent's Flowering Crab, Roseybloom, Crabapple
Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Genus:
Malus
Cultivar:
Tina
Branching:
spreading
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Bicolor:
shell pink
Flower Bud Color:
cherry red
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Tina Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers with shell pink overtones and a pink reverse along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves. The fruits are showy red pomes carried in abundance from early to mid fall. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The smooth brown bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Tina Flowering Crab is a dense spreading deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Tina Flowering Crab will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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