Malus ioensis

Common name: Prairie Crab

Native plant

The native light-pink flowering crabapple that graces our natural areas in late April and early May. The tree has large green apples that are relished by wild life during the winter. The tree will sucker and create a thicket. It looks best in an informal border. The tree is susceptible to apple scab, a disease that increases early leaf defoliation.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

Pink

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
20 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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