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Thunderchild Flowering Crab vs Ranch Elderberry

Malus x adstringens Thunderchild

Sambucus canadensis Ranch

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Thunderchild Flowering Crab
Ranch Elderberry

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.

Ranch Elderberry is a vigorous and high yielding Black Elderberry cultivar. It ripens earlier than other varieties, and is smaller and more compact making berry harvest easier. The berries are well suited for baked goods, jams, jellies, and syrups. They are high in vitamin C and reported to be beneficial for the immune system. Planting them near other varieties for cross pollination and in full sun will result in higher yields.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Ranch Elderberry are toxic to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB QUICK FACTS

RANCH ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $20.49 - SAVE UP TO 18%
Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: small red pomes that hang through the winter
Berries: black
Harvest: late summer to early fall
Flowers: dark pink blossoms
Flowers: fragrant, white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium




Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: american elderberry ranch, american ranch elderberry, ranch american elderberry