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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Northern Bush Honeysuckle

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Diervilla lonicera

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Northern Bush Honeysuckle

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.

The Northern Bush Honeysuckle is a small, dense, deciduous shrub. The trumpet-like yellow flowers bloom late spring to early summer. Dark green leaves turn yellow then red in the fall. The flower nectar has a sweet honey taste that can be sucked out of the flower.

Because of its aggressive suckering habit, the Northern Bush Honeysuckle makes a great hedge, shrub border, or thicket in a woodland garden.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BUSH HONEYSUCKLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: yellow to red
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: low bush honeysuckle