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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Western Chokecherry

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Western Chokecherry

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 Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree commonly used for farmstead and field windbreaks.

It produces white flowers in the spring and edible dark purple fruit that matures between September and October. Its cherries are great for making for making jams, jellies or wine, but are not very palatable for raw eating.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $5.99
Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Berries: edible, astringent, red-purple
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: low




Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, etc.)

Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry