Prairie Fire Crabapples have excellent purple leaf color that turns dark reddish-green in the summer; its red buds open from deep pink to purple. The flowers last longer than many crab apples. Its dark red fruit is small and persists through the fall, adding winter interest. It becomes rounded with age and grows to 20 feet tall and wide. It works well as an accent or small front yard tree and works well planted in rows.
This tree has very good disease resistance and prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soils but will adapt to a wide variety. It has some drought tolerance once established.