1 Prairie Fire Crabapple (A)
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Basic Information about this tree
  • Scientific Name: Malus “prairiefire”

    Common Names: Flowering crabapple

    Native or invasive: Cultivar of Native tree type

  • Deciduous 
  • Sunlight / Soil / Moisture: Best grown in medium moisture, well-drained, acidic loams in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Established trees have some drought tolerance
  • Flowering type: Complete. Apple trees are dioecious, the male (stamens) and female (pistil) flower parts occur in the same blossom. They need cross pollination from another apple tree in order to bear fruit.
  • Pollination strategy: Insects 
  • Age Estimate/ Health: 10 years, healthy. It was 6 ft tall when planted in 2020 in memory of Mr. Vogel, the father of Dennis Vogel 
  • Longevity: 50 years or more
  • Mature Size: 20 ft tall by 20 ft wide under ideal conditions
  • GPS Coordinates: N45.00222 W92.9040

Mature Tree in Winter/ Summer

Leaves in Summer / Fall

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1 prairiefire fall color

Flowers - Complete - Dioecious

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Image of Fruit

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Bark of Mature Tree / root system sketch

1 prairiefire bark mature
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Crabapple trees have horizontal root systems, as most nutrients are found in the top layers of soil. 

Uses in Traditional and Modern Eras

Value for wildlife: A very good tree for wildlife, needs pollinators in the Spring, who gather nectar and transfer pollen. The fruits are about 3/8″ to 1/2″ diameter, and are enjoyed by deer, wild turkeys, and other birds who prefer to harvest them after a frost or two, which softens the little apples.

Utility for Humans: Provides good visual landscape effects, with a profusion of bright flowers in the Spring, lovely fall colors on the leaves, and brilliant red fruits. Applewood is used in smoking meat.

Links & References

“Prairie-fire (Malus ‘Prairiefire): 20 feet high and 20 feet wide; upright, rounded form; dark red flowers; purplish-red fruit. Disease resistance: scab (excellent), fireblight (excellent), rust (excellent), mildew (excellent).”



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