Prairifire Crabapple

Malus ‘Prairifire’

Do you need a gorgeous flowering crabapple tree for your landscape? Take a look at the Prairifire crabapple (Malus ‘Prairifire’). This tree is a beautiful variety of the typical crabapple, and it is the ideal choice for a small lot. Make sure to get your Prairifire crabapple by contacting Arbor Valley Nursery.

Prairifire Crabapple Attributes

This crabapple tree makes your landscape shine throughout the year. In the spring, those young branches introduce vibrant energy to your landscape. When the Malus ‘Prairifire’ matures, it develops into an attractive, symmetrical shape with a rounded outline. At the start of the growing season, the pink flowers contrast against the glossy, dark-red bark. These blooms appear on the bare branches. When the red buds open for the season, they develop into a bright pink color with five-petaled flowers.

The bold foliage also comes to life in the spring. When compared to most crabapples, the Prairifire is smaller than others. Young foliage has a deep purple hue but transforms into a dark-green color as it matures for the year. When it comes time for autumn, the Prairifire explodes with a stunning orange tint.

Cherry-like fruits hang on the branches similar to ornaments. In the late summer, the decorative fruit is a real showstopper. Plus, the local birds love to pluck these fruits right off the tree. Finally, the bark is also impressive on this variety. Young branches have a dark red color. When winter arrives, the red-barked branches stand out against the stark white snow.

Prairifire Crabapple



  • Plant Type: Flowering tree​
  • Watering Needs: Average
  • Botanical Pronunciation: MAY-lus
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 15 to 20 feet tall and wide
  • Special features: Several seasons of interest
  • Foliage color: Green to purple
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Flower color: Red
  • Flower attributes: Showy flowers
  • Garden style: Rustic, cottage, Asian, and contemporary
  • Design Ideas: Perfect variety for a privacy screen. Looks stunning in a mass planting. Can be used in a wildlife or natural area.
  • Companion Plants: Cherry, bee balm, lavender, and butterfly bush

Prairifire Crabapple Landscape Uses

The Malus ‘Prairifire’ is an ideal choice as a specimen plant. Think about adding to anchor the corners of your foundation or property. When you line your driveway with these crabapples, it makes an impressive flowering backdrop.

You can also use the Prairifire crabapple to create a stunning focal point by your patio areas. In a smaller yard, use this variety in an odd-number grouping to build an impressive display of multi-seasonal interest. Zig-zags and triangular plantings provide some of the ways to show off these crabapples.

Since there are other varieties of crabapples, you can create your own spectacular spring display. Make a grouping of different spring colors to brighten up the look of your yard. However, for a more modern look, plant three or four of these crabapples together. With that, you have a sleek look for your landscape.

Use the Malus ‘Prairifire’ as a screen to cover up those undesirable views in a landscape. You might even want to place them near an entrance gate for a great way to welcome guests. If you’re going to highlight them, add some exterior lighting to provide some nighttime excitement for your yard.

Prairifire Crabapple Planting and Care

The Prairifire is pretty easy to grow, and it adapts the best to well-draining soil. This variety thrives in USDA zones 4 to 9. If there is a drainage issue, create a raised mound for this variety. You always want to make sure not to plant this tree too deep into the ground.

Young crabapples need a moderate amount of water to help them establish. The Prairifire crabapple can tolerate short periods of no rain, but you will want to give supplemental water during prolonged dry spells.

Pruning can be beneficial for this variety. You want to do that when it is dormant in the winter. These trees don’t need to be pruned to control their size, but always plant them in spaces that can spread out and mature. You can take some time to remove crossed branches and thin out the crown to keep it uniform and open. When pruning, cut the small branches back to the larger branch. With that, you can ensure you have a natural-looking form for this crabapple.

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Malus 'Prairifire'

The Malus ‘Prairifire’ is known for its easy maintenance and beautiful appearance. You can count on this variety to deliver stunning results for every season. If you are ready to use this crabapple for your next landscaping project, make sure to contact the team at Arbor Valley Nursery.

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