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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12-15 feet
Plant Spread: 12-15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Common names
  • Crabapple
  • Apple
Also sold as:
  • Prairiefire
  • Prairifire

Photo Gallery
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-31
The candy apple red of ripe fruit of Prairifire crabapple
Location: Iowa
Location: Iowa
Location: Iowa

Date: 2019-06-02
Location: Otis, CO
Date: Beginning of May

Date: 2004-09-14
Location: central Ohio
Date: 2003-11-08 
crabapples on a fall day
Location: Iowa
Location: Iowa
Location: Iowa
Location: Millinocket, Maine
This is an established tree planted in 2008.

Date: 2019-06-02
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 10, 2014
In Bright Sunshine
Location: Otis, CO
Date: May 14
A little frosty!
Uploaded by Legalily
Location: Fairfax, VA | March, 2023
Date: 2023-03-26
Location: Fairfax, VA | March, 2023
Date: 2023-03-26

Date: 2004-05-06

Date: 2017-11-05
Location: Iowa
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 10, 2014
Against A Blue Sky
Location: Fairfax, VA | March, 2023
Date: 2023-03-26

Date: 2014-04-19
Location: Iowa
Location: Iowa

Date: 2014-04-19
Location: central Ohio
Date: Dec. 2005
After the severe ice storm Dec. 2005.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-15
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: Summer 08
That's a "tree gator" around the base for watering & a tarp off t

Date: 2016-04-15

Date: 2011-04-05
A wonderful early bloomer. Blooms before the Kwansan Cherry trees

Date: 2014-04-19
Location: Iowa
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  • Posted by daylily (Ohio - Zone 6a) on Dec 3, 2011 1:16 PM concerning plant:
    Here in my zone 5/6 garden, Prairie Fire has withstood drought, heavy rains, ice storms, snow - all without a bit of problems. It is a four season tree. Lovely branching and bark in the winter, with the crabapples hanging on into December and sometimes January. Beautiful blooms in the spring. Lovely shiny heathy foliage in the summer. Fall, good color. The Cedar Waxwings visit it during migration and feast on the abundant fruit. A favorite.
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