Its showy, dark pink to red flowers draws most people to the prairifire flowering crabapple. And for good reason. The stunning, long-lasting spring blossoms are a sight to behold. But this variety also offer year-round beauty with its changing leaf color. Glossy maroon or purplish-red in spring, the leaves become dark green with purplish-red veins in the summer then a beautiful bronze color in autumn.
- Features bright red spring flowers and showy fall foliage
- Produces red-purple edible fruit which attracts wildlife
- Is a hardy tree capable of growing in a wide range of conditions
- Will be delivered at height of 2’–3′
- The Prairifire Flowering Crabapple grows in zones 3-8
- Mature Height: N/A–20′
- Mature Spread: N/A–15′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Oval
- Sun Preference: Full Sun,
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet
- Wildlife Value: The fruits of this tree are important food for many birds and mammals.
The tree was introduced by Dr. Daniel Dayton, University of Illinois, in 1982 as a disease-resistant cultivar. His misspelling of the name was intentional.
Crabapple trees are actually members of the rose family, Rosaceae. As with roses, there is a never-ending desire to develop a new form and give it a fanciful name. This has resulted in approximately 800 cultivars of crabapples.