Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree
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Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree
Prairie Fire Crabapple Leaf
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 502
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Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 1251
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 1252
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 1389

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 18-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Prairie Fire Crabapple
Malus x 'Prairiefire'
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We can’t decide if we like Prairie Fire Crabapple better in spring, when the red buds become hot pink flowers; in fall, when the blooms are replaced by deep red fruits; or in winter, when the crabapples—softened by several freezes—are mobbed by songbirds.  Cedar waxwings are especially fond of the fruits, and watching them from your kitchen window while they devour your offerings isn’t a bad way to spend a chilly winter afternoon.  When the crabapples are gone, hang a birdfeeder from Prairie Fire’s branches and let the show continue!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 18-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›
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The Story

It was a sort of happy accident that brought Prairie Fire to life. In 1945, an alliance was formed among Purdue, Rutgers, and the University of Illinois, called the PRI initiative, with the goal of breeding new Apple varieties with built-in disease resistance.  The researchers involved wanted to give orchard owners varieties that wouldn’t require as many expensive and time-consuming pesticide applications.  Dr. Daniel Dayton, an Illinois transplant from New Hampshire, is credited with the introduction of this stellar Crabapple that came about as a sideshoot of the PRI program 1982.

The Details

This is one very disease resistant and drought tolerant Crabapple that you won't put out to pasture! Prairie Fire Crabapples start the spring season by producing red buds opening to deep red flowers against a backdrop of green, purple-tinted leaves. The fall season is accentuated by glossy maroon fruit, which extends into winter to give the glossy reddish-brown bark some added interest. It's our favorite!

How to Grow

Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine. Crabapples also like fertilizer, the more you give them – the more they grow. Once a year apply a simple tree fertilizer during fall to help promote new growth and flowers for the following season. Pruning Flowering Crabapples is fairly easy. Prune branches after your Crabapple is done flowering and cut off any suckers around the base of your tree whenever they appear.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 18-20'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Red/Green
Fall Leaf Color Bronze/Orange
Flower Color Red
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall/Winter
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

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Size A Trees:

6' tall. The branching structure has already been developed. Grown in our #7 tree container. May beed staking at this size.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. Well formed vigorous tree with great branching and heavy stem caliper to 1 1/2". Many times our Crabapples ship much larger than descibed here. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. Well formed vigorous tree with great branching and heavy stem caliper to 1 1/2". Many times our Crabapples ship much larger than descibed here. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container.

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Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree
Prairie Fire Crabapple Leaf
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 502
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 503
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 1251
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 1252
Prairie Fire Crabapple Additional Product Shot 1389