Apple Seeds, Prairie Crabapple
(Malus ioensis) Deciduous. Zones 2-6.
The gorgeous Prairie Crab Apple will treat you to year-round delights!
The display begins with prolific, pink-red buds that open to fragrant white flower in Spring; then comes purple-maroon foliage, maturing to a reddish-green; Fall brings a burst of red, orange, and purple, along with glossy fruit; In Winter, some of the small, yellow-green fruit cling to bare branches, beckoning birds to adorn them.
The Prairie Crab Apple attracts birds and wildlife year-round. Its branches form low, spreading dense thickets, inviting mammals to hide out and feast on juicy insects. Its branches also make a good nesting habitat for songbirds like Orioles and Song Sparrows. Birds like the Ruffed Grouse, Purple Finch, and White-throated Sparrow eat the buds, and Woodpeckers, Starlings, and Grackles peck at the fruit.
The fruit is waxy on the outside and fleshy, firm, and white on the inside. The fruit are sour eaten straight off the tree, but make delicious tart yet sweet jelly, cider, and vinegar.
Prairie Crab Apple is one of the most beautiful, disease and drought resistant crabapple varieties out there! Its a large shrub (or small tree) about 10-25 feet tall with a short trunk and a broad spreading crown. It grows best in full sun and really likes o be fed rich compost.
Cold Hardiness: Zones 2 - 6
Size: Small Tree
Growth Rate: Medium
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Native Plant: Yes
Germination: 85 - 95%
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Preference: Fertile & well draining.
Prairie Crab Apple seed requires 60-90 days cold moist stratification.
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