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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Black Hawthorn

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Crataegus douglasii

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Black Hawthorn

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.

Black Hawthorn is a versatile plant that is native to wetlands and other areas with moist soils, but can also tolerate dry soils. This plant can be grown as a short shrub, or a tree reaching 30 feet tall.

Black Hawthorn is valued for erosion control and attracting pollinators. It also makes an attractive flowering ornamental that can be planted as a specimen or pruned as a hedge. It is commonly used in shelterbelts.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

BLACK HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: yellow to red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Berries: purplish-black pomes
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: white
Bark: brown to gray
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: crataegus columbiana, douglas hawthorn, douglas' thornapple