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Crab, Prairifire Flowering Malus 'Prairifire'

Crab, Prairifire Flowering - Malus 'Prairifire'
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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 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
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.
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 and 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.