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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs American Bladdernut

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Staphylea trifolia

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
American Bladdernut

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.

American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
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: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium