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Prairiefire Flowering Crab

Malus 'Prairifire'

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Prairiefire Flowering Crab (Malus 'Prairifire') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Prairiefire Flowering Crab in bloom

Prairiefire Flowering Crab in bloom

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Prairiefire Flowering Crab (Malus 'Prairifire') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Prairiefire Flowering Crab flowers

Prairiefire Flowering Crab flowers

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Prairiefire Flowering Crab (Malus 'Prairifire') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Prairiefire Flowering Crab fruit

Prairiefire Flowering Crab fruit

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A highly regarded accent tree smothered in rich red flowers in spring and persistent small purple fruit in fall, upright habit of growth; the definitive ornamental feature tree for the home landscape, needs well-drained soil and full sun

Ornamental Features

Prairiefire Flowering Crab is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant fuchsia flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy dark red pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Prairiefire Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Prairiefire Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Prairiefire Flowering Crab will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features