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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs White Meadowsweet

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Spiraea alba

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
White Meadowsweet

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.

White Meadowsweet is a woody, deciduous shrub that begins to bloom in early summer with small white and pink flowers. Its foliage turns from a light green into an attractive golden-yellow later in the fall.

The White Meadowsweet, also known as Mead-Wort or Bride-Wort, is favored by birds and butterflies but is largely ignored by deer. They produce small brown berries in the summer, and while they are technically edible, they are not sweet and are more desired by wildlife.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

WHITE MEADOWSWEET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: golden yellow
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: white, small
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: mead wort, meadowsweet, narrowleaf meadowsweet, pale bridewort, pipestem