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  • Prairie Crabapple

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Malus ioensis

    COMMON NAMES: Prairie Crabapple, Iowa Crabapple, Wild Crabapple

    BLOOM TIME: May, June


    • Shrub or small tree 10-25 ft. tall with grayish bark.
    • Can exceed 50 year lifespan.
    • 2-6 flowers on twigs are light pink to white with 5 petals & yellow stamens.
    • Light, flowery apple blossom fragrance.
    • Fruits are green-yellow with bitter sour taste.
    • In the past the fruit was used for jelly, cider & vinegar.


    • The value of Prairie Crab Apple to various kinds of wildlife is quite high.
    • The nectar and pollen of the large flowers attract honeybees and bumblebees.
    • Other visitors of the flowers include smaller bees, butterflies, and skippers.