The Prairifire Crabapple is 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.
With lovely, glossy, dark-red bark, the evenly distributed branches look beautiful smothered in vibrant, clear, pink flowers to herald the start of the growing season. Prairifire Crabapple flowers appear on bare branches. Pretty red buds open to a bright, rich, pink, five-petaled flowers, which are borne in clusters on bare branches. Bold new foliage emerges close behind.
The foliage is slightly smaller than most all other Crabapple cultivars and emerge deep purple. As they develop and expand, a deep, dark-green overcast allows the purple haze beneath to show through.
‘Prairifire’ is a dense, rounded, deciduous tree which typically grows 15-20′ tall with a similar spread. Pinkish-red buds open to slightly fragrant, deep pink-red flowers (1.5″ diameter) in spring. Flowers are followed by masses of small, purplish-red crabapples (to 1/2″ diameter) which mature in the fall. The fruits are persistent and attractive to birds. Ovate leaves emerge purplish in spring, mature to dark green with reddish-tinged leaf veins and petioles in summer, and turn orangish in autumn.