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DESCRIPTION: One of the most popular ornamental crabs with nice dark purple foliage that turns dark red in fall. Showy pink flowers in spring followed by small dark red fruit. Excellent disease resistance to fire blight.
BOTANICAL NAME: Malus x 'Thunderchild'
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 5 Meters
AVERAGE SPREAD: 4 Meters
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Pink
FLOWERING TIME: Spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark purple
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Birds, Fall colour
HEIGHT AT TIME OF SHIPPING: 7 gallon 5-7 feet, 10 gallon 6-8 feet, 15 gallon 8-10 feet. These sizes are approximate and may vary slightly year to year or even depending on the time of year. Height is that of the tree itself and does not include the height of the container.
Rapidly becoming one of the most popular landscape ornamentals, this gem is bathed in soft pink flowers in spring, dark purple foliage all season long, and a narrowly upright habit of growth; needs well-drained soil and full sun, small fruit aren't messy
Thunderchild Flowering Crab is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant lavender flowers with pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive deep purple foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding dark red in the fall. The fruits are showy ruby-red pomes carried in abundance from early to mid fall.
Thunderchild Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Thunderchild Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Thunderchild Flowering Crab will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.