Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple

Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple

Scientific Name

Malus ‘Prairifire’

Order

Rosales

Family

Rosaceae

Type

Tree

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

134

Prairie flowering crabapple

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Physical Description

Prairiefire flowering crabapple sets itself apart from other crabapple trees with its spring-blooming, magenta and red flowers that bloom among purple-hued foliage. In the fall, small, fuchsia crabapple fruit emerges as its leaves age to a dark green and then orange. This cultivar is a complex hybrid introduced by the University of Illinois. It prefers medium moisture, well-drained, acidic soil in full sun and can be effective as an individual planting or in small groups. The crabapple fruit serves as a food source for a variety of birds.

Native Range

From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

4–8

Average Mature Height

20 feet

Flower Color

Pink

Flowering Months

April–May

Supports

Birds and small mammals

Yellow flowers

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