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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Viking Aronia Berry

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Aronia melanocarpa Viking

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Viking Aronia Berry

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.

Viking Aronia Berry is easy to grow, with black berries that are high in antioxidants. The Viking variety is much more productive than the non cultivar Aronia Berry. The berries can be eaten fresh but are found to be tart and bitter. They are more often used in baking, jams, juices, and wine. They have small, white flowers with a hint of pink that grow evenly on the shrub. The summer foliage turns a very attractive red in the fall.

The Viking Aronia Berry is a self-pollinating plant. Because of its uniformity and high yield, the Viking Aronia Berry is a popular cultivar.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

VIKING ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Berries: small black berries
Flavor: astringent
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: black chokeberry viking, viking chokeberry