Malus ‘Tina’ – sierappel

malus Tina

Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ or dwarf ornamental apple

Under the range of “rare small trees for small gardens,” I want this time to become familiar with the rare and graceful ornamental dwarf apple Tina

Our nursery also has several small permanent and rare trees, it is our specialty! These are usually a small tribe that bred and can also easily be used as a balcony or patio plant in a pot. The big advantage is that you have these trees in winter may be just outside it!

1. Why a “wild” apple plants?

Wild apples are very popular ornamental. Small to medium sized ornamental apples are very suitable for urban environments. There are over 650 different cultivars of crab apples with a huge difference in leaf type, flower and fruit

colors. Not yet spoken discoloration of autumn! Wild apples are also very tolerant of soil type and – conditions are concerned, as long as they are well drained.

When a crab apple in the garden wants is very important that you not only look at the ornamental value but you certainly take into account the disease resistance of the apple! Actually it is better to choose a resistant crab apple with small fruit that well through the winter such as the

Malus sargentii ‘Tina’

2. Naming:

Genus: Malus
Species: sargentii
Cultivar: Tina
Family: Rosaceae
Dutch name: Tina’s wild apple
English: Sargent crabapple
Origin: introduced by William McReynolds Hook’s Nursery, Lake Zurich, Illinois USA
Hardy: Very good, even in pots! Zone 4 to Zone 8. > To -28 ° C.

3. The variety Malus sargentii ‘Tina’:

Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ is a cultivar sargentii which is much smaller in leaf shape and growth than the wild form and it is very well in a small pot. The flowers are dark pink-red phone when closed to complete simple white with yellow stamens once the flowers are fully open. This represents a dramatic contrast of pink-red to white to yellow during the same period in the spring. This tree blooms in April-May so exuberant that a lot of orange-red fruit is to sit in the autumn. The fruit, no larger than 8 to 10 mm, still deep in winter on the tree. After a few nights of heavy frost, the smaller birds love these berries because in this period of the winter there are no berries to be found for these creatures.

During the summer the leaves dark green with a shiny layer on top. The magazine itself is triangular – one that encourages an apple tree.

This variety is one of the most suitable for small bonsais and also as a pot plant for the patio.

Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ is also very resistant to most diseases we know as apples. Powdery mildew, rust and other fungi do not appear on this variety. This earns the more extra attention.

The preferred soil type is what goes into a good humeuze, slightly acidic moist soil. He is best planted in a spot in full sun provided the soil is not too dry. Hafschaduw is also still there.
It is possible this shrub before or after the winter to transplant.

4. Propagation of Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ by slips:

This variety was once selected from thousands of seedlings. One seedling was then that the breeder for several years tested for diseases, flower shape, propagation, etc.

The only way to increase tree is by grafting. In our nursery, he draws on to create a 1m attractive, graceful small tree up.

This tree grows naturally more broad than high. The final growth height will not exceed 3m (in field). He tolerates pruning remarkably well so he is not so high and also need to be bushy.

The shape of this tree with all his other attributes, Tina an excellent tree that is so serious an added value for your garden, balcony or terrace.

5. Pruning:

Pruning is best done in spring after flowering branches to sin because it is full of beautiful blooms to cut away.

Malus ‘Tina’ tolerate pruning very well. As a young tree bought, he need hardly be pruned. Remove only intersecting shoots or branches from the strong side branches toward the trunk to grow inside. This keeps the light crown and is sufficient sunlight to the leaves.

Rejuvenation pruning can do best in autumn when all the leaves of the tree has fallen. There are then in the spring new shoots that made you return to work is to give shape to the tree. These new shoots are strong enough to form a new constitution.

Malus ‘Tina’ is also standing as a shrub grown for use in a pot for patio or balcony. In this case, the central leader removed, but then pruning the top two to three pairs strong laterals away. In pot will grow more compact and slower anyway. Our winters he wins easily, even in pots!

6. Summary:

Light: Sun or partial shade.
Height: A compact light horizontal growth, not more than 3m.
Flowering time: April-May
Flowers: Dark red-pink bubbles in a closed position to full white with yellow stamens once the flowers are fully open.
Soil pH: Slightly acidic to neutral, permeable.
Type: Shrub, small tree or tree trunk (grafted).
Plant Characteristics: Three-lobed bright green leaves up to 7 centimeters.
Autumn Colour: deep golden yellow to orange fall color
Fruit: small 8-10mm wide yellow-brown to red fruits.
Pruning Tips: In the spring after the blossoms.
Use: flowers, bee plant, autumn color.

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