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Malus sargentii ‘Select A’

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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy, Clay/Heavy
Fall Color Yellow
Flower Color White
Fruit Color Red
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 8-10' x 8-10'
Firebird® Crabapple tree originated in 1980 by Michael Yanny at Johnson's Nursery. The Firebird showed superior fruiting qualities. Unlike most Malus sargentii selections, which have small, red fruits slightly less than 1/2" in diameter that quickly soften in the autumn after a few hard frosts and are taken by birds. Firebird is a small-scale plant similar to its parent Malus sargentii, though a more compact version. It grows more upright than the species when young. Firebird has excellent resistance to apple scab and fire-blight.
  • sunshade Sun
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 8-10' x 8-10'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Attracts Birds
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Winter Interest
  • Attractive Fruit
  • Attracts Pollinators
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Firebird Crabapple Trees

Preparation
  • It’s recommended to space this variety to grow about 15-20 feet apart.
  • Firebird Crabapple peach trees thrive when grown in a location that receives full sun (at least 6-8 hours a day) and has well-drained, fertile soil.
  • For your growing success, we do not recommend planting peach trees in either rocky or heavy, pure-clay soils.
  • Keep in mind that before planting you place it in a spot that isn’t going to get in the way of any wires, your other plants needs, etc.
  • An ideal range of pH levels for peach trees is between 6.0 and 7.0.
Opening Plant Material
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now ready to plant. Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides.
Planting containers
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Containers - Although it is not essential for B&B or grow bags to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • It’s best to prune this tree as needed in late winter. Spring pruning should be avoided as it produces fresh, open cuts where fireblight bacterium can enter.
  • Prune back each of last year’s stems to half its length.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.

 

Shipping Dates by Region*

 

Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th

 

Shipping Dates by Season*

 

Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November

 

Due to unpredictable weather, these times may vary. Some varieties are exceptions due to heat and plant health reasons. Enter your shipping zip code at the top of this page and be sure to check the shipping information on each product before you add it to your cart. If the product is too large or restricted in your state, you will not be able to checkout with that item in your cart.