Malus spp.

(Photos are of the "Pink Perfection" cultivar.)      



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Family:  Rosaceae

Native or Introduced to Illinois:  some cultivars are native, others are not native to North America.

Leaf:  A simple alternate leaf with a green color that turns yellow in the fall.  It has an ellipitic or oval shape and is often 2 to 4 inches in length. The margin can be crenate, serrate or serrulate.

Flower:  Pink, red or white flowers that bloom in the spring and have a pleasant fragrance.  Very showy.

Fruit:  Round fleshy fruit is showy and may be green, orange, red or yellow in color depending on the species.  The fruit is often less than 1.5 inches and is edible.  

Trunk/Bark/Branches:  droop as tree grows, and will require pruning for vehicular or pedestrian clearance beneth the canopy;  routinely grown with, or trainable to be grown with, multiple trunks; not particulary showy; tree wants to grow with a single trunk; no thorns

Size/Form/Shape:   Tree size, flower color, fruit color, and growth and branching habit vary considerably with the cultivar grown but may grow about 20 feet tall and wide.  

County Distribution Map for Illinois:  (for the Malus ioensis cultivar or Iowa Crabapple) 


Sources for the Sullivan Middle School Tree Identification Guide were obtained though the use of the following sites:

The information below is from the National Arbor Day Foundation.  This information can be viewed in the original (source) form by visiting The National Arbor Day Foundation at

(The information below is for the Prairifire Flowering Crabapple cultivar)
Sun Exposure:  This crab does well in full sun.
Soil Type:  The Prairifire Flowering Crab grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, clay, sandy, wet, well-drained, wide range of soils.
Moisture:  Some drought resistance.
Growth Rate:  This tree grows at a medium growth rate.

Hardiness Zones:  3 - 8
This crab can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the zone map.