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Prairie Crabapple, Iowa Crab, Western Crabapple
Malus ioensis


Prairie crabapple grows on limestone soils in the Edwards Plateau in central Texas, forming thickets from underground rhizomes on stream banks and canyons. The buds are a glowing pink, opening in April to May to sweet, fragrant soft-pink flowers that fade to pure white. The fruit are little green to greenish-yellow crabapples that mature in early fall. They are so tart as to be inedible (to humans), but are sometimes made into jellies.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: soft-pink to white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: green to greenish yellow crabapples

Height: to 30 ft.

Width: to 25 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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