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European Mountain Ash vs Thunderchild Flowering Crab

Sorbus aucuparia

Malus x. astringens Thunderchild

European Mountain Ash
Thunderchild Flowering Crab

European Mountain Ash is an attractive, ornamental tree. This medium-sized tree produces tiny white-yellow flowers in the spring and decorative clusters of small red/orange berries in the summer. Its bitter fruit is often used to make Rowan Jelly, is a traditional garnish for wild game and venison. Ideal for residential lots, European Mountain Ash will attracts birds to your property.

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.

EUROPEAN MOUNTAIN ASH QUICK FACTS

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 15 m (49 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Flowers: small white flowers in clusters
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no