Taller options available for most trees. Please use the contact us page stating species, height range and postcode for more info.
Mature Malus Prairie Fire Crab Apple Tree Options
100+cm: 100-125cm tall, 12-15L pot.
125+cm: 125-150cm tall, 18-25L pot.
150+cm: 150-175cm tall, 30-35L container.
200+cm: 200-250cm tall, 50-70L container.
(RB)200+cm Nov to Mar: 200+cm tall, Rootball option, delivered November to March only, feathered or multistem tree (depends on stock)
(RB)250+cm Nov to Mar: 250+cm tall, Rootball option, delivered November to March only, feathered or multistem tree (depends on stock)
(RB)300+cm Nov to Mar: 300+cm tall, Rootball option, delivered November to March only, feathered or multistem tree (depends on stock)
(RB)Girth 10-12cm: Rootball option, delivered November to March only *See below for height guidance.
(RB)Girth 12-14cm: Rootball option, delivered November to March only *See below for height guidance.
(RB)Girth 14-16cm: Rootball option, delivered November to March only *See below for height guidance.
(RB)Girth 16-18cm: Rootball option, delivered November to March only *See below for height guidance.
(RB)Girth 18-20cm: Rootball option, delivered November to March only *See below for height guidance.
*Girth heights for Malus Prairie Fire. In short, it depends on how the growers send them to us. Usually, a Standard tree will have around 200cm clear stem and the rest will be the crown. 1cm girth would roughly equate to 30cm growth but that goes out the window when you find out the tree only grows to 4m at 10 years old. We can guarantee that for every increment of girth you purchase e.g. from girth 10-12cm to 12-14cm, that you will receive a tree 12-18 months older, the root and branch structure will be larger and thicker.
Malus Prairie Fire Crab Apple Tree
A stunning new crab apple variety. Recently added to the trees-online crab apple collection, prairie fire was selected because it is a particularly attractive shaped tree, with an upright to round shape. In addition, it carries beautiful reddish-purple flowers and large appealing spherical fruit.
Expect this tree to reach a final height of 4m (13ft), so an ideal choice for the smaller garden. Also, expect this tree to grow a little more than advertised, a little less, die altogether or be stolen. Life can just be crappy like that, we just wanted to make sure we were not sugar coating anything.
It is considered to be more disease resistant but this is regarding tree diseases, not Covid. No amount of branches tied around your head pretending to be a face mask will make any difference other than which variant of mental health professional would you like to talk to.
The catalogue lists the flowers as scented which we think is a mistake. They are "sented" when they leave us, when you get them, they are "received".
Planting Malus Prairie Fire Crab Apple Tree
A clay tolerant tree which doesn't mean you can dig it up and copy the romantic pottery scene from the film "Ghost".
Message card included at no additional cost if required. Just add the information required on the card at checkout.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £450 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Mature Tree Warranty
Once a tree is over 3 years old, the failure rate is considerably less and our Tree Warranty does not cover it at 100%. Please check details.
Crab Apple Trees Listed As Good For Jelly
Laura, John Downie, Jelly King, Wisley, Pink Glow, Robusta, Dolgo, Butterball, Harry Baker and Red Obelisk.
Crab Apple Trees Listed As Patio
Any Crab apple tree listed as suitable for patio growing means that it has most likely been grafted onto an M27 rootstock giving it an ultimate height of around 1.5 metres.
Crab Apple Disease Resistance
Crab apple trees are generally resistant to disease but those that seem to be considerably less prone to problems are Admiration, Pink Glow, Wedding Bouquet, ButterBall, Cardinal, Comtesa De Paris, Elk River, Coralburst, Donald Wyman, Golden Gem, Gorgeous, Indian Magic, Jelly King, Louisa, Prairie Fire, Rudolf, Sun Rival, Tina, Scarlett, Transitoria, Guardsman and White Star.
Crab Apple Pollinators
Crab apples have long flowering periods which makes them very useful as pollination partners. Many commercial orchards inter-plant crab apples with normal apple trees to increase fruit yield. A crab apple is self fertile and will set fruit without the need of another apple tree nearby.
Crab Apple Drought Resistance
Generally speaking, Crab Apples tolerate drought reasonably well.
Sun Or Shade For Crab Apples
For best results from the flowers and fruits, a full sun position is preferred however light shade is acceptable. Excessive shade will lead to less flowers and fruits, a more open canopy and problems with Powdery Mildew. Shade and poor drainage is a good combination for bacterial and fungal issues.
Crab Apple Suckering
If your Crab Apple has been grafted (many are) then you may experience small green shoots growing out the side of the tree below the graft point (around 10-30cm above ground) Remove these by rubbing your hand across the bark or snapping off. These will not grow as the original tree you purchased.
Crab Apples With Long Lasting Fruits
For those wishing to feed the local wildlife well into Autumn and Winter, consider purchasing Comtessa De Paris , Red Sentinel and Toringo Scarlet. Other crab apple trees with almost as long lasting fruits include Admiration, Evereste, Wedding Bouquet and Rudolph