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Prairifire Crabapple Tree

Malus x 'Prairifire'

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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

15-20 ft.


Full Sun


12-15 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

September - October

Fruit Color:

Dark Red

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Malus x 'Prairifire'

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A Stunning Tree Bringing Warmth to Your Yard in Every Season

The Prairifire Crabapple is showy all year long. Having this tree in your yard will bring visual interest to every single season. Plant several along your driveway and create a grand entrance for your guests, no matter what time of year they arrive.

You'll get a plethora of warm color in the spring. The spring delivers gorgeous purple and red leaves to the Prairifire Crabapple. Tons of pink, magenta flowers bloom from the tree and the vibrant colors never fade. While the rest of your yard begins to fade with the heat at the dawn of summer, your Prairifire will still bring magnificent warm hues to your landscape.

The summer brings even more visual interest. The leaves turn a glossy green in the summer, but still maintain purple veins. You still get warmth, even while everything else is green. As the summer ends, bright red cherry-like berries appear on the Prairifire.

The Crapapple brings a beautiful display of fall colors. As your tree fills with the bright red berries, the leaves turn from a golden orange to a magnificent bronze. You'll love the contrast of the golden leaves and red berries 

Even in winter, this tree still brings warmth to your yard. The bark of the Prarifire is a mix of gray and deep orange. The cherry-like berries persist into winter. So, as the first frost hits your region and your landscape becomes bare, the Prairifire still manages to stand out and add warmth. Your landscape will benefit from the stark contrast of white snow against the orange and red colors that this tree brings to early winter.

Birds love the Prairifire berries. An array of wildlife loves the berries that the Prarifire Crabapple produces. Woodpeckers, finches, mocking birds and so many more enjoy the cherry like fruit. Your family will enjoy watching the variety of birds that flock to this tree in summer, fall and winter. The huge variety of birds will add even more visual interest and color to your yard!

There's no mess left for you to clean up. The birds love this tree so much that you won't have to worry about fruit falling on your lawn. This means there won't be any mess for you to clean up. You can enjoy the beauty of this tree without worrying about rotten fruit littered on your landscape.

The Prairifire is very disease resistant. There are 4 diseases that plague Crabapples. With over 800 varieties, many are resistant to some diseases, however the Prairifire is resistant to all 4 diseases. You don't have to worry about keeping a constant eye out for nasty diseases with your easy to care for Prairifire Crabapple.

The Prairifire Crabapple is an easy choice. You want to add beauty and warmth to your landscape and the Prairifire Crabapple is the perfect tree to make that happen. Adding several to your yard can make a bold and inviting statement. Don't hesitate to improve your landscape with this stunning tree.

Prairifire Crabapple Tree Pollination

Prairifire Crabapple Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Prairifire Crabapple Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
9 Reviews
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This tree came out of the box in perfect condition. Planted it in the fall and it was the first tree to bloom in the spring. Has beautiful pink flowers that bloom out and is now putting on gorgeous deep burgundy leaves. Cant wait to see what it looks like in a couple years.
May 2, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Beautiful bark and foliage!
My tree is doing well with noticeable new growth. I planted it less than a month ago and it likes the soil and weather in Philly. It a very good looking tree and I have high hopes it will continue to thrive. Once my new babies show signs of thriving, I prune them for verticals growth and nourish them according to recommendations. My CA gets about 9 hours of sun a day starting mid-Spring and I water and feed it according to a set schedule. Can't wait to see verticals growth its first year at its new home and from what I can tell, might get 3' plus this season.
May 15, 2017
Delco, PA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Taking Root
So happy to see my new tree taking root and sprouting new leaves! Super rains here in New Jersey helped a lot. I protected her with netting, fence, and anchors. I have squirrels, deer, raccoons, ground hog, and other critters to fend off I haven't long enough to give 5 stars. It clearly was shipped with the greatest care.
June 12, 2017
1 year ago
Healthy trees
I purchased 3 of these trees and all 3 arrived in great condition and are quite healthy. I also purchased the fast rooting supplement and the tree stake kits. So far so good. Can't wait until they get settled in and start to grow and bloom.
May 28, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
New Purchase
Purchase this tree and it's doing well I'm going to be excited to see it grow
April 28, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
the tree was damaged on top and was a little smaller than i really wanted
July 7, 2017
11 months ago
Yes. I still recommend "fast G Trees".
I've had nice trees delivered from "Fast Gr.Trees" in the past, but not this one. This one died. I've planted some and know how . And, I can't see blaming them. FGT isn't at my house to verify I did anything wrong or right. Maybe infected by something from the start? I do want to have a Prairifire tree still --- just, not sure if to get it from same place. 5 stars is for all my other trees, and their variety and fast delivery.
July 30, 2017
12 months ago
Slow growing
Looks like, in 5 or so years, it'll be great.
August 10, 2017
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
Good very nice.
July 25, 2017
11 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Prairifire Crabapple Tree

Prairifire Crabapple Tree Planting Diretions

Planting Instructions: The Prarifire Crabapple will perform best if you plant it in well-drained soil that is mildly acidic. Incorporating 2-3 inches of compost in the soil will help water and oxygen to penetrate more evenly and greatly improve the performance of your Prairifire. Place in a spot in your yard that receives full, unfiltered sun.


Watering: As soon as you plant your tree, saturate it with water. If you live in a hot or dry area, water your Prairfire twice a week. Other climates can water once a week, achieving 1 inch of water each week. The Prairifre performs best if water is added slowly and deeply with a drip irrigation system.


Fertilization: Add a 5-5-5 fertilizer in early spring each year to get the best performance from your tree.


Pruning: The best time to prune your Prairifire is at the end of spring before the summer buds arrive. You will need to prune off any dead or diseased branches, cross branches or crowded areas that prevent good airflow. You will also need to prune off any leafy shoots the grow near the base as these will rob your tree of nutrients and moisture.


Pests: Check your tree frequently for any mites or aphids. A strong stream of water will get rid of these pests. Keeping your tree well maintained will help prevent against borers. A heavy sap flow can drown them, so be sure to properly care for your tree.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Perfect shape and size for my needs. We have another white flowering crabapple that is beautiful.
Brent B on Mar 17, 2018
Crabapple tree can bring “good luck” in China.
Hong C on Feb 28, 2018
Perfect shape and size for my needs. We have another white flowering crabapple that is beautiful.
Brent B on Mar 17, 2018
LOVE flowering crabapple and this one is rated highly.
Julie C on Mar 11, 2018
Crabapple tree can bring “good luck” in China.
Hong C on Feb 28, 2018
Berries that persist into winter
Jessica A on Feb 13, 2018
Mostly for the fruit for the birds, plus the looks
Dennis M on Jul 13, 2017
Plan to get apple tree next if the others fruit well. This supposedly acts as a pollinator
Maria A on Jul 6, 2017
Good pick for my yard. Tree seems easy to grow with few problems, and very pretty tree. Description of tree and reviews also helped with my choice.
Judy D on Jul 4, 2017
Love size. And the beautiful flowers in the spring. Plus a year warranty.
Sharon D on Jun 27, 2017
Mike/Traci B on Jun 4, 2017
Small,compact size, draught tolerance.
Evgeniya T on May 31, 2017
nice web site good reviews !!
Ronald R on May 13, 2017
Bright blooms.
Houston R on May 13, 2017
Color, interest, size
Joseph G on Apr 25, 2017
I think the Prarifire Crabapple Tree will be a beautiful addition to a corner of my yard where a shed is standing alone right now. I look forward to the beauty of this tree.
Bonnie W on Apr 13, 2017
Brilliant spring color to raise your spirit after a long winter!
Thomas G on Apr 8, 2017
Color and wildlife
wanda t on Mar 26, 2017
We have these around Charlottesville and have always wanted one
Elena S on Mar 23, 2017
Wanted fruit source for birds in winter, hope to get mockingbirds.
Ruth C on Mar 12, 2017
decorative all year and grows to an appropriate size for the spaces I want to plant them
Lamar B on Mar 8, 2017
size, price, wildlife benefit
KURTIS K on Feb 12, 2017
LOVE flowering crabapple and this one is rated highly.
Julie C on Mar 11, 2018
Berries that persist into winter
Jessica A on Feb 13, 2018
Will this Prarifire crabapple tree pollinate a honeycrisp apple tree?
Kyle B on Feb 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Prarifire will make a great pollinator for the Honeycrisp Apple.
I live in Zone 5 so would it be okay to plant now (June)?
Jeffie on Jun 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have planted different trees at different times of the year, the main thing is to give them plenty of water, usually 5 gallons one a week will do. Watch the leaves, if they start to curl give them a little more, but don't drown them. Also mulch around the bottom of the tree with grass clippings to keep the dirt, ups "soil", I have a friend that is a master gardener, he corrects me all the time, moist and doesn't allow the roots to dry out.
Good luck,
Bob Knox
How far away does it needs to be away from septic tank? And is it insects resistance, dose it have a good scent.Does its color fades?
Virginia U on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 10-15 feet away from a septic system. They are insect resistance, with a pleasant scent, and vibrant colors that do never fade.
Is this tree fast growing?
Cindy E on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have no idea if this tree is fast growing... I planted mine ~2 weeks ago in zone 7 in Pennsylvania and already have a bloom. It's a really good looking tree and pruned a. It more than how I received it, but it is obviously happy. I expect it to take well and plan on a very generic fertilizer regime. 10-10-10 is what I did initially, but the recommendation is 5-5-5.
First bloom in ~14 days??? Yeah, I'm happy. Great looking tree and it looks like it won't disappoint...
can I plant this tree in zone 9?
fatema b on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Prairifire Crabapple is recommended for Zones 4 -8 If you are in Zone 9 we do not recommend planting Prairifire Crabapple. We suggest selecting a tree that is suitable for your region/ zone 9. Pick the "Right Plant for the Right Place". Wishing you the best.
is there a warranty on the trees?
foefie on Apr 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have a standard 45 day warranty, if you feel like your trees dont arrive to you happy and healthy, please give us a call right away, we will note your account and help you try to save it. If it dies within the 45 days then we will give you a 100% store credit, for the amount you paid for the tree. You also have the option of purchasing a 1 year warranty for 10% of the cost of the tree. If It dies within that 1 year send us a picture and we will give you a 100% store credit for the amount that you paid for it.
do honey bees like the pollen?
curt m on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Honey Bees like the pollen.

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