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Crab, Prairifire Flowering Malus 'Prairifire'

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple—Malus 'Prairifire'

This flowering crab has bright red flowers and a 3/8" decorative red-purple fruit. Handsome red-brown bark accents spring and fall foliage. A showy landscape choice. Disease resistant.

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Zones 3 - 8
Zones 3 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 - 8
The Prairifire Flowering Crab can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Prairifire Flowering Crab falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees

20' High
20' High

Mature Height:
The Prairifire Flowering Crab grows to be 20' feet in height.

15' Spread
15' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Prairifire Flowering Crab has a spread of about 15' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This crab does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Prairifire Flowering Crab grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.

Oval Shape
Oval Shape

Shape:
This crab has oval, rounded shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:
This is an excellent landscape tree that can be planted near utility lines and adjacent to paved surfaces. It is hardy and able to tolerate a wide variety of soil and water conditions. It has showy spring flowers and fall foliage. Our Prairifire Flowering Crabapple seedlings are grafted to Malus Antanovka.

Description:
This flowering crab has bright red flowers and a 3/8" decorative red-purple fruit. Handsome red-brown bark accents spring and fall foliage. A showy landscape choice. Disease resistant.

Wildlife Value:
The fruits of the Prairifire Crabapple are important food for many birds & mammals.

History/Lore/Use:
The tree was introduced by Dr. Daniel Dayton, University of Illinois, in 1982 as a disease-resistant cultivar.

Moisture:
Some drought resistance.

Leaves:
The leaves of this tree alternate, and are simple, oval, 1 to 4 inches long. Orange-gold in the fall.

Flower Color:
Pink-red flowers.

Bloom Time:
April to May.

Fruit Description:
This tree produces shiny 3/8" red-purple edible fruit which attracts wildlife.

Crabapples are self-fertile, which means they depend on insects such as bees to transfer pollen between flowers on the same tree, though they do not require another tree of the same kind to produce crabapples.

Did you know that crabapples will also pollinate apple trees? However, because bees tend to stay within the same flower color when foraging apple blossoms, try and match the flower color of the crabapple to the apple variety.