The Prairifire Crabapple tree produces marvelous leaves and floral color that extends throughout the year.
These deciduous trees grow to be 15-25 feet with an equal spread. They have a moderate growth rate of 13-25 inches per year.
Prairifire Crabapple leaves are egg-shaped and 1-1/2 to 5” long. The leaves are arranged alternately and are smooth on the upper surface and pale and hairy on the underside. In spring the leaves are a deep purple. These will change to reddish-green as the season progresses and will become a symphony of red, orange and purple leaves in fall.
Colorful, pinkish-red blossoms emerge in spring in clusters of two to five flowers. These change to red later in the season. The blossoms are long-lasting and retain their color throughout the blooming period. When the petals fall, they are replaced by glossy dark red fruit. This fruit remains on the tree for most of the fall and winter, attracting songbirds and other wildlife.
When the leaves finally fall, the tree boasts a red cinnamon colored trunk which contrasts well with the white winter snow.
A member of the rose family, Prairifire Crabapple trees should be planted in full sunlight and in moist, well-drained, acidic, alkaline, loamy, or sandy soil. Hardiness Zone: 4-8.