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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Manchurian Apricot

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Prunus armeniaca var. mandshurica

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Manchurian Apricot

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.

Manchurian Apricot is a winter-hardy relative of the native plum. This tree can stand some drought, but will not handle standing water or saturated moist soils. It can be used in shelterbelts, hedges, or as an ornamental. Manchurian Apricot will also attract songbirds, rabbits, and other rodents if left uncontrolled.

This tree will produce fruit once it reaches maturity at between two and five years old. Other famous cultivars of Manchurian Apricot include Scout Apricot, Moongold, and many more.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

MANCHURIAN APRICOT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (18 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: orange to yellow
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Fruit size: 40g
Firmness: firm
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: white to light pink
Bark: red to cinnamon brown
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium