Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Prairiefire Crabapple
A lovely small tree with dark foliage, 'Prairiefire' fills its branches with red buds and deep reddish pink flowers in spring, then dark-red fruits in fall. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has an upright and spreading shape with dark green oval leaves. In mid-spring red flower buds arise all along the bare branches and open to magenta-pink flowers before the leaves emerge. The flowers are fragrant and attract bees, then give way to a crop of pea-sized, dark red apples. In autumn the leaves turn mottled green, yellow, orange and orange-red. Birds eat the fruits steadily and can strip the tree by the end of winter.
Plant 'Prairiefire' in full sun in any moderately fertile, deep, well-drained soil that is moist throughout the growing season. Although it tolerates some drought, this tree will look stressed, even shabby, unless watered during prolonged dry periods. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the heat and aridity of low deserts. It needs a long period of cold in winter to flower fully in spring. Use this small tree as a specimen in the lawn, by the street, as an espalier, or to soften a corner.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
16'-20' / 4.9m - 6.1m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Feature Plant, Foundation, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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