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Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington Hawthorn)

The Washington Hawthorn has white flower clusters in spring, red fruit in the fall that persists into the winter. Fruit attracts birds. The foliage is a reddish purple when unfolding and gradually changing to lustrous dark green at maturity. Fall color varies from orange to scarlet to purplish. The Washington hawthorn grows upright when young, but develops a broad canopy and a rounded form with age.

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CT800 Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington Hawthorn) out of stock $0.00

Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height Up to 25'
Spacing 20'
Hardiness Zones 4-10
Exposure Sun to partial shade
Foliage Leaves emerge reddish and mature to a dark green
Flower White flowers
Bloomtime Early in June

General Information +

Botanical: Crataegus phaenopyrum

Common: Washington Hawthorn'

Family: Rosaceae

General Characteristics: Washington Hawthorn casts light shade. The white flowers, produced in clusters in late spring, are followed by orange to red fruit that persist into winter. The fall color is orange to red. Washington Hawthorn can be grown as a multi-stemmed clump or as a single-stemmed tree. Washington Hawthorne trees hold its fruit on the tree and it is an excellent wildlife species and can be used as a specimen, hedge or screen. This is the best Hawthorn for the South. Because the shoots carry long spines, the Washington Hawthorn is generally not recommended for children's play areas.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Lacebug is an insect that may feed on hawthorn leaves, causing serious leaf browning by mid- to late-summer.

Planting Instructions: Washington Hawthorn has no particular soil preference. It has low water requirements and shows a high tolerance to salt and alkali soils. The Washington Hawthorn is fairly tolerant of city pollution and grows best in soils that are high in organic matter. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.