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Horse Chestnut vs Thunderchild Flowering Crab

Aesculus hippocastanum

Malus x. astringens Thunderchild

Horse Chestnut
Thunderchild Flowering Crab

Horse Chestnut is a medium sized deciduous tree that is native to Greece but has been grown in North America for hundreds of years. Produces large nuts and both nuts and foliage have many medicinal uses.

Thunderchild Flowering Crab is a hybrid crab apple known for its attractive and fragrant dark pink blossoms and deep purple mature leaves.

Tree farmers will find this hybrid appealing as a pollinator for other apples, while home growers will enjoy the red pome's ability to attract flocks of Cedar Waxwings in the early spring.

This species is reportedly resistant to fireblight.

Saskatchewan's own Percy Wright was the famous breeder of this and many other cold hardy varieties.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: raw Horse Chestnut seed, leaf, bark and flower is toxic if ingested due to the presence of esculin.




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