The Prairiefire Crabapple is a beautiful species. In May, innumerable
crimson buds open to dark purplish-red 1½" wide flowers that do not fade.
The emerging sharp-toothed leaves, a deep red-purple when young, mature to a
dark tawny green for the growing season. As fall approaches the foliage
changes to an outstanding orange, a perfect foil for the ½" diameter, shiny,
red to purple persistent fruit, a favorite of songbirds. A four-season
plant, its dark red, cherry-like bark is prominent against the monotonous
gray and white of winter.Planted
in any well-drained soil, the Prairiefire Crabapple is somewhat upright when
young, becoming a low, dense, broadly rounded tree to 20' high and as wide.
The Prairiefire Crabapple is not only magnificent in flower, fruit, foliage
and form, it is also virtually disease free.