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Prairifire Flowering Crab

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A highly regarded accent tree smothered in rich red flowers in spring and persistent small purple fruit in fall, upright habit of growth; the definitive ornamental feature tree for the home landscape, needs well-drained soil and full sun.

This is a persistent fruiting crabapple, which means that the small fruit stays on the branches throughout the winter and does not drop to the ground.

Persistent fruiting flowering crabs are a great option if you are looking for a low mess, ornamental tree with excellent spring color.

Wasco Nursery recommends and primarily grows the more disease-resistant: Royal Raindrops Flowering Crab

 

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Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Roseybloom, Crabapple
Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Malus
Cultivar:
Prairifire
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
rose
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Fall Color:
scarlet
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Prairifire Flowering Crab is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant fuchsia flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive dark green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy dark red pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Prairifire Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Prairifire Flowering Crab will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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