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     Washington Hawthorn makes for a beautiful small tree with lovely clusters of spring flowers and orange-red fall berries edible raw or cooked and hanging in groups along the branches.


     A member of the Rose family, Hawthorn's leaves emerge reddish purple before turning a glossy green and then bright shades of orange, red and purple in the fall.


     Washington Hawthorn has impressive thorns, about 3 inches along the trunk and branches.  It responds well to pruning and makes a nice hedge.


     Cedar apple rust can be a problem.


     Photos: Creative Commons.  First photo: F. D. Richards


Washington Hawthorn

3 Gallons
    • Latin: Crataegus phaenopyrum
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Current height: 3-4 feet
    • Mature height: 25-30 feet; 20-25 wide
    • Light: Full sun
    • Soil: Well drained
    • Bloom: White with pink anthers, fragrant, spring
    • Fruit: Orange-red, clusters, edible, September-November
    • Foliage: Deciduous, bright red and purple
    • More information and native range here


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