Beautiful All Year, Carefree Prairifire Crabapple
- Incredible Display of Fragrant, Rich Pink Flowers in Spring
- Vibrant Bloom Color that Holds Well
- Beautiful Fine Textured, Purple Leaves Have Dark Green Overcast
- Brilliant Dark Purple-Red Fruit Persists for Ornamental Display in Fall and Winter
- Small Fruit Feeds Songbirds
- Excellent Disease Resistant
- Tolerates Clay Soil
- Some Tolerance to Drought
- Urban Tolerant Tree Works in City Environments
Prairifire Crabapple (Malus ‘Prairifire’) is a gorgeous, pink flowering Crabapple tree with truly outstanding ornamental features. This improved variety was a breakthrough Crabapple and delivers many positive attributes for today’s smaller lots.
Modern landscapes need to look good all year long. When young, upright branches bring a sprightly energy to your Spring Garden. As the tree matures, Prairifire Crabapple tree develops into a beautiful rounded outline with an attractive, symmetrical appeal.
With lovely, glossy, dark red bark, the evenly distributed branches look beautiful smothered in vibrant, clear pink flowers to herald the start of the growing season. Prairifire Crabapple flowers appear on bare branches. Pretty red buds open to a bright rich pink five petaled flowers, which are borne in clusters on bare branches. Deep new foliage emerges close behind.
The foliage is slightly smaller than most all other Crabapple cultivars and emerge deep purple. As they develop and expand, a deep dark green overcast allows the purple haze beneath to show through. You’ll love this pretty effect.
It looks great in fall, when the Prairifire leaves close out the season with an exquisite orange tint. The glowing fall color is very showy.
Each reddish branch is liberally ornamented with deep, glossy cherry-shaped fruit that hang like ornaments. Prairifire’s decorative fruit display is a showstopper in late summer, fall, all through the winter and into spring—right up until the migrating birds take them off the plant.
Young branches and even some younger bark exhibits plenty of deep dark red color. Fresh bark on younger branches have many prominent lenticels, which add a charming visual texture. You’ll love the look of these dramatic, red barked branches against white snow in winter.
Prairifire is a perfect specimen plant. Place it front and center in your landscape design. You’ll adore this showy plant, with it’s amazing spring flowers, red young leaves and bark, and pretty fruit that remains showy for over half the year.
Order Prairifire from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!
How to Use Prairifire Crabapple in the Landscape
Prairifire Crabapple makes an excellent specimen plant. Use it at the corner of your house to anchor a foundation planting.
Line your driveway with a row of them as a beautiful flowering backdrop. Won’t your guests love coming over to your pretty house?
They’ll create a perfect focal point in a backyard Garden Room or near the patio. Get ready to add a big boost of multi-seasonal interest to your landscape with one tree, or many.
People are using Crabapples in odd numbered groups to great effect, even in a smaller yard. Try 3 or 5 Crabapples in a loose triangle or zig-zagging planting.
Can’t choose your favorite Crabapple color? Try a grouping of three different spring colors. You can use 2 Prairifire and a single white or light pink flowering Crab, as well.
Or, stay disciplined and use 3 Prairifire together. You’ll love that sleek, modern look of a mass planting of this incredible selection.
Add a row on the sunny side of an evergreen windbreak or shelterbelt. The rich pink flowers will pop against that evergreen backdrop.
Use several of these lovely Crabapple trees to screen out ugly views or messy garages, too. they will make a pretty transition tree near a side yard or entrance gate.
Be sure to add exterior lighting near the tree, or group of trees. Point the light upward into the canopy to add a lot of nighttime excitement for you and your guests. Don’t miss a second of the spring flower power!
#ProPlantTips for Care
Prairifire Crabapples are easy to grow in well drained soils. They’ll tolerate clay soil, as long as the puddles drain quickly after a rain. If poor drainage is a problem, create a raised berm or mound 18 - 24” above your native soil. Plant directly in that mound.
When planting, make sure the trunk flare is visible just above the roots when planting. Crabapples hate poorly drained soils so be sure you don’t plant too deeply.
It’s important to provide a moderate amount of regular water to establish your plant. While Crabapples can tolerate short periods of drought, plan to give supplemental water to keep your plant stress free, especially during long dry spells.
Prairifire is best pruned while its dormant in winter. Give your plant plenty of room to spread out to its mature size and height. You won’t want to have to prune for size control and risk losing the sophisticated branch structure of properly sited trees.
When the plant is young, be sure to watch for crossing branches and don’t be afraid to thin the crown lightly to keep the plant open and uniform. Remove smaller branches all the way back to another, larger branch. That way, the overall form remains more natural looking.
People adore their Prairifire Crabapple trees for their amazing good looks and easy, breezy care requirements. It’s a trustworthy superstar that performs a hit in every season. Order today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Malus x 'Prairifire'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 20 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Foliage Color||Green, Purple|