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Malus 'Thunderchild' (Crabapple)

Crabapple 'Thunderchild', Crab Apple 'Thunderchild'


Malus 'Thunderchild' is a compact, upright deciduous tree with a long season of interest. Opening from rose flower buds, masses of fragrant, dark pink flowers appear in mid-spring, before the leaves. Draped in clusters along the branches, they are truly a sight to behold. The stunning blossoms are followed by abundant ruby-red fruits, 0.4 in. ( 1 cm), that are attractive to birds and can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways. The foliage of pointy, deep purple summer leaves turns a beautiful dark red in the fall. Exceptionally hardy, this flowering crabapple has excellent resistance to fire blight, powdery mildew, and cedar-apple rust (but is sensible to apple scab).

  • Grows up to 15-20 ft. tall (4-6 m) and 10-15 ft. wide (3-4 m).
  • A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in moderately fertile, well-drained soils. Once established, it is drought tolerant.
  • Perfect as specimen plant, in city gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Require only minimal pruning in late winter, to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Malus - Crabapples
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spacing 240" (600cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Malus - Crabapples
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spacing 240" (600cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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