Crab apples are a spectacular group of small to medium-sized trees in the genus Malus, which is in the rose family. Crab apples have amazing variation of flower, fruit, foliage and form. The flowers can be white, pink, red or every combination thereof; single or double. The fruit is generally two inches and comes red, green or yellow. The foliage is often red or purple in spring, green in summer and then gold and copper in autumn. There is so much going for a Crab apple that one can't help but wonder why they're not planted everywhere. The only serious limiting factor might be their susceptibility to disease, particularly fireblight. But recently breeders have even overcome that problem very successfully.

One Crabapple that makes almost every award list is Prairie Fire Crabapple, or Malus ‘Prairie Fire’, an upright, rounded, 20–25 foot high tree with an equal spread. The buds alone are reason to grow this tree because of their rich fuchsia color. Then the dark red-purple flowers burst into bloom and the tree is smothered in color. But every part of this is vividly eye-catching, right down to the dark red bark very reminiscent of cherry. Finally another burst of color arrives with autumn. Bright orange leaves and shiny red,  fruits, a wildlife favorite, decorates the tree, and the colorful fruit persists into winter.

Prairie Fire Crabapple was introduced in 1982 and has proven to be easy to grow, beautiful and most importantly - disease resistant.

Prairie Fire Crabapple is a cold winter type tree, and would not like long, drawn-out hot summers. It is well adapted to Canada, the upper half of the US, most of the UK and cool-temperate Australia and New Zealand.

‘Prairie Fire’ Crab apple


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