Malus sargentii, occasionally called Sargent's apple or Sargent crabapple, is a shrub growing about 6 feet tall. Malus sargentii is native to Japan but is commonly used as an ornamental shrub elsewhere. This compact landscape tree is a spring star, with abundant clusters of fragrant white flowers making their appearance in May. Its dense, spreading crown and zigzagging branches add to the appeal, often making the tree wider than it is tall. Because of its size, the Sargent crabapple is useful for planting under utility lines, in confined yards, as privacy screens and hedges, and on sloping ground. It is also a popular choice for bonsai. Hardiness Zones The sargent crabapple can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. Tree Type This is a flowering tree, typically planted for its profusion of flowers. Mature Size The Sargent crabapple grows to a height of 6–10' and a spread of 6–12' at maturity. Growth Rate This tree grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year. Sun Preference Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day. Soil Preference The Sargent crabapple grows in all textures of soil, alkaline to acidic. It prefers moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate drier conditions.