Prairifire Crabapple

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Beautiful All Year, Care-Free Prairifire Crabapple

  • Incredible Display of Fragrant, Rich Pink Flowers in Spring
  • Vibrant Bloom Color that Holds Well
  • Beautifully 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
  • Hardy

Prairifire Crabapple (Malus Prairifire) is a gorgeous, pink flowering Crabapple tree with truly outstanding ornamental features. This improved variety is a breakthrough Crabapple and delivers many positive attributes for todays 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. Bold 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. Youll 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 glossy, cherry-shaped fruit that hang like ornaments. Prairifires decorative fruit display is a showstopper in late summer, fall, all through the winter and into springright up until the migrating birds take them off the plant.

Young branches and bark exhibit dark red color. Fresh bark on younger branches have many prominent lenticels, which add a charming visual texture. Youll 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. Youll adore this showy plant, with its amazing spring flowers, young red 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. Wont your guests love coming over to your pretty house?

Theyll 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 three or five Crabapples in a loose triangle or zig-zag planting.

Cant choose your favorite Crabapple color? Try a grouping of three different spring colors. You can use two Prairifire and a single white or light pink flowering Crab, as well.

Or, stay disciplined and use 3 Prairifire together. Youll love the 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 an 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. Dont miss a second of the spring flower power!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Prairifire Crabapples are easy to grow in well drained soils. Theyll 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 inches 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 dont plant too deeply.

Its 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 wont 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 dont 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 natural looking.

People adore the Prairifire Crabapple trees for their amazing good looks and easy-breezy care requirements. Its 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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Prairifire Crabapple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus x 'Prairifire'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green, Purple
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes