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Prairifire Flowering Crabapple in full bloom in landscape
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple green leaves and crabapples on white
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple closeup of red crabapples
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple closeup of pink flowers
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple pink flowers on white
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple red crabapples hanging on tree
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple in full bloom in landscape
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple green leaves and crabapples on white
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple closeup of red crabapples
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple closeup of pink flowers
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple pink flowers on white
Prairifire Flowering Crabapple red crabapples hanging on tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 20' tall
  • Mature Width: 20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 18-20'



  • In spring, the red flower buds open to a stunningly hot pink, five petaled flower
  • Oval-shaped, green leaves turn a bronzed orange color in fall
  • Deep red crabapples appear in fall and last through winter - unless they're gobbled up by birds
  • Disease resistant and drought tolerant
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Malus x 'Prairifire'

Regular price $425.00
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Why the Prairifire Flowering Crabapple?

We can’t decide if we like Prairie Fire Crabapple better in spring, when the red buds become hot pink flowers; in fall, when the blooms are replaced by deep red fruits; or in winter, when the crabapples—softened by several freezes—are mobbed by songbirds. Cedar waxwings are especially fond of the fruits, and watching them from your kitchen window while they devour your offerings isn’t a bad way to spend a chilly winter afternoon. When the crabapples are gone, hang a birdfeeder from Prairie Fire’s branches and let the show continue!

It was a sort of happy accident that brought Prairie Fire to life. In 1945, an alliance was formed among Purdue, Rutgers, and the University of Illinois, called the PRI initiative, with the goal of breeding new Apple varieties with built-in disease resistance. The researchers involved wanted to give orchard owners varieties that wouldn’t require as many expensive and time-consuming pesticide applications. Dr. Daniel Dayton, an Illinois transplant from New Hampshire, is credited with the introduction of this stellar Crabapple that came about as a side shoot of the PRI program 1982.

How to use in the landscape?

This is one very disease resistant and drought tolerant Crabapple that you won't put out to pasture! Prairie Fire Crabapples start the spring season by producing red buds opening to deep red flowers against a backdrop of green, purple-tinted leaves. The fall season is accentuated by glossy maroon fruit, which extends into winter to give the glossy reddish-brown bark some added interest. Its multi-season interest makes this wonderful tree on of our favorites!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant

Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements Fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

How To Prune

Prune your crabapple tree in late winter. Remove any broken or crossing branches or suckers at the base of the tree.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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