Malus Prairie Fire®

Prairie-fire crab-apple blossom
  • Best seller
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit colour: Red

Malus 'Prairie Fire' is an outstanding small American crab-apple, grown primarily for its stunning dark pink blossom. The flowers are large by crab-apple standards.

The red cherry-like fruitlets are also quite large, and useful for wildlife.

Malus 'Prairie Fire', more correctly known as Malus 'Prairiefire', was developed at the University of Illinois and released in the 1980s. Like many of the newer crab-apple varieties it is far more disease-resistant than the old traditional ones.

Prairie Fire trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Prairie Fire tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
2-year Prairie Fire tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Malus Prairiefire crab apple tree

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

Malus 'PrairieFire' is easy to grow and not usually troubled by diseases.

Prairie Fire characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Dark purple
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We have a very wide range of crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.

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