Prairie Crabapple




Prairie Crabapple
Painting of Prairie Crabapple in bloom

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Prairie Crabapple- Malus ioensis is a native crabapple of the mid-west United States. It is a small tree that can be a stand alone tree or form a small mounded grove.  The trees produce copious fragrant flowers in spring. The flower buds are pink opening to a blushed white petaled flower. The twigs are sometimes thorny and the bark on mature trees is coarse and flaky.

The fruit is small, 1″ to 1 1/4″ and green. It is edible but not particularly tasty. The fruit is eaten by many kinds of wildlife and birds. As a native tree, many insects, moths and butterflies depend on it to feed their larvae

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