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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Western Sand Cherry

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Prunus pumila var besseyi

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Western Sand Cherry

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.

Western Sand Cherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green foliage and beautiful white blossoms. It is a popular ornamental shrub in parks and front yards. Both you and the wildlife will love its edible small dark red to purple cherries.

Due to its small stature and spreading qualities, Western Sandcherry is suitable as an underplanting or groundcover.

Many people graft plum and cherry varieties to Western Sand Cherry and use it as rootstock. It is also popular to graft hardy apricots to.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low