Malus 'Prairiefire'

Flowering Crabapple

Tips for Homeowners:

Crabapples require little pruning after established.  In winter prune dead, diseased or broken branches and remove sprouts as they appear at the base of the tree.

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Popular for its 4 seasons of beauty, this variety is also highly rated for its resistance to disease.

  • Founded form with age
  • Reddish-green foliage
  • Crimson buds, red flowers
  • Persistent maroon fruit

Ideal for adding springtime color using as a singular focal point or in group.

Height: 15-20 ft
Spread: 15-20 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Red

Interesting Notes about Flowering Crabapple:

Flowering crabapples are a beautiful, easy-care tree that thrive in a wide variety of soils.  They are available in a wide assortment of flower and fruit color, habit and size.  The tree provides food for bees, birds and butterflies plus the fruit is used for making jams and jellies (not all fruit can be eaten raw).  Not all trees are equal in their display of attributes, as is with their resistance to disease.  Choose the best plant for the conditions and accept the limitations of the tree because its beauty will not disappoint.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Disease Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Green


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water