The Prairifire Flowering Crab grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
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.
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.
The fruits of the Prairifire Crabapple are important food for many birds and mammals.
The tree was introduced by Dr. Daniel Dayton, University of Illinois, in 1982 as a disease-resistant cultivar.
Some drought resistance.
The leaves of this tree alternate and are simple, oval, 1 to 4 inches long. Orange-gold in the fall.
April to May.
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.