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Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple

Charles Schwartz Memorial Garden

Scientific Name: Malus ‘Prairifire’

Order: Rosales

Family: Rosaceae

Type: Tree

Endangered Status: n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo: 134

Prairiefire flowering crabapple sets itself apart from other crabapple trees with its spring-blooming, magenta and red flowers that bloom among purple-hued foliage. In the fall, small, fuchsia crabapple fruit emerges as its leaves age to a dark green and then orange. This cultivar is a complex hybrid introduced by the University of Illinois. It prefers medium moisture, well-drained, acidic soil in full sun and can be effective as an individual planting or in small groups. The crabapple fruit serves as a food source for a variety of birds.

Native Range
From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

Average Mature Height
20 feet

Flower Color

Flowering Months

Birds and small mammals

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