Japanese Flowering Crabapple

Malus floribunda ‘Prarie Fire’

Malus floribunda (Japanese Flowering Crabapple) - full view

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Malus floribunda (Japanese Flowering Crabapple) - leaves

Foliage detail

Malus floribunda (Japanese Flowering Crabapple) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25'; Spread: 25'

  • Growth:

    Moderate to fast

  • Character:

    Deciduous; Broad oval canopy with low branching.

  • Foliage:

    1–3” dark green, ovate leaves.

  • Flower:

    Many 1” white flowers with dark pink undersides, late spring.

  • Fruit:

    Hanging clusters of small pome fruits, late summer.

  • Bark:

    Smooth, reddish/brown with fissures and scales.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Any soil, some shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Fruit is edible, but bitter; better when prepared with sugar or pickled. Susceptible to fireblight, mildew, aphids, and scale. Suckers need to be pruned.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Japan. Many cultivars in existence. Beautiful spring blossoms.