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Featured Tree

Featured Tree

Prariefire Crabapple (Malus “Prariefire”)

There are several hundred crabapple varieties to choose from. There are many sizes , forms, flower and fruit color, leaf color , and so on. When selecting a crab always use disease resistant varieties. Three main diseases make crabapple trees very unattractive and can kill them. These are rust, fire blight and scab. Most new varieties are resistant to all three. Prariefire is one of these selections. The tree will get to about 20 feet high and 20 feet wide, good for a shrub border or lawn specimen. This variety has a copper colored leaf which is a good contrast plant in the landscape. The flowers appear in early May. The buds start out bright red and the blooms become a deep pink at maturity. The flowers are truly spectacular on larger trees, but very young trees also flower. Fruit is a small pea sized, bright red miniature apple. The fruit will stay on during the winter months and will attract birds to feed on them. Prariefire should not be used as a street tree unless there is a large area to spread, due to its broad form. Branches will easily reach the street and hang over sidewalks. They can be used in parks as mass plantings or single specimens in mulched beds. This is a very nice tree for a small back yard or for planting under utility lines. This tree transplants easily as bare root or ball and burlap, and start to develop quickly. Do not plant in wet poorly drained soil.