Crabapples are one of the most widely planted ornamental trees in the Midwest, with good reason. In addition to the beautiful spring blooms are the added bonus of the jewel-like fruits. They are a popular food source for squirrels and birds after the snows blanket the ground.
The fruit of some varieties of crabapples are more persistent than others. I have Malus ‘Prairie Fire’, which has small, hard fruits.
They last well into winter, until the squirrels devour them all. The red of the fruit sparkles with snow and ice on it.
‘Prairiefire’ is an excellent large crabapple, topping out around 20 feet. It is disease resistant, and, unlike many crabapples, keeps its foliage for a beautiful fall display.
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