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THUNDERCHILD FLOWERING CRAB Malus x astringens 'Thunderchild'
The Thunderchild Flowering Crab is a recent introduction. This small upright tree is valued for its purple foliage, bright pink flowers, and strong resistance to fire blight.
Small tree: Height 4m (13ft).
Foliage: Deep purple colour. Unlike the Shubert Chokecherry, even the immature leaves are purple.
Flowers: Pink flowers contrast nicely with the purple foliage.
Fruit: Fruit is small, flattened, and purplish red. It is of value only to the birds.
Comments: This tree provides a strong colour accent all summer and especially in the spring. It is cloned by grafting.