Abundant crimson buds open to rich purple-red flowers that are followed by a plentiful display of small 1/2", persistent, bright-red fruit. Disease resistant with good foliage retention during the summer. Blooms a little later in spring than most Crabapples. Rounded habit, will mature to approximately 15-20' tall and wide. Malus 'Prairifire' is an outstanding University of Illinois introduction by Dan Dayton.
Flowering Crabapples have beautiful spring blooms and small, colorful fall fruit. Often the fruit remains for a long season of interest in fall and winter; when it softens the birds appreciate it as a food source. These small ornamental trees in the apple family (Malus) are highly valued for their two outstanding seasons of interest. Flowering Crabapples are hardy and easy to grow.