Latin Name:Malus Prairifire Crabapple Prairiefire Flowering Crab

Zone: 4 to 8

Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet

Spread: 15.00 to 20.00 feet


Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Description: Deep pinkish red

Sun: Full sun

Water: Medium


Maintenance: Low

Suggested Use: Flowering Tree

Flower: Showy, Fragrant

Leaf: Good Fall

Attracts: Birds, Butterflies


Best grown in medium moisture, well-drained, acidic loams in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Established trees have some drought tolerance. Although some flowers may be lost, it is best to prune this tree as needed in late winter. Spring pruning should be avoided as it produces fresh, open cuts where fireblight bacterium can enter.


'Prairifire' is a dense, rounded, deciduous tree which typically grows 15-20' tall with a similar spread. Pinkish-red buds open to slightly fragrant, deep pink-red flowers (1.5" diameter) in spring. Flowers are followed by masses of small, purplish-red crabapples (to 1/2" diameter) which mature in the fall. The fruits are persistent and attractive to birds. Ovate leaves emerge purplish in spring, mature to dark green with reddish-tinged leaf veins and petioles in summer, and turn orangish in autumn.