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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Mountain Huckleberry

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Vaccinium membranaceum

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Mountain Huckleberry

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.

Mountain Huckleberry is a small shrub known for its tart to sweet berries. The berries range from purple-black to red-black, and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and syrups. It is a plant native to Alberta and the berries are frequently enjoyed by both people and wildlife.

In traditional Indigenous fire management practices, berry patches were burned after harvest. This would reduce the invasion of other plants allowing the Mountain Huckleberry to thrive. Its foliage has low flammability and can survive low severity fires, and even if destroyed they regrow from the roots.

Note: Mountain Huckleberry requires specific soil conditions. They need moist, well-drained, acidic soil with a pH around 5.5.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

MOUNTAIN HUCKLEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 5a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Berries: dark purple
Flavor: sweet, acidic
Harvest: mid to late summer
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: big huckleberry, black huckleberry, tall bilberry, thinleaf huckleberry