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Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’

Hawthorn

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMay & September
  • Height4.5m to 6m
  • Spread6m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitOpen branched
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green, yellow, orange, red

Description

Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’ (Hawthorn). This hawthorn as clusters of large red berries which are edible to humans and also attractive to birds. The dark green leaves turn orange, yellow and red before they drop in autumn. The white, fragrant flowers are pollinated by midges in the spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

USA

Interest and use

Berries are edible and can be added to preserves and fruit pies. The plant has also been used by herbalists as a heart tonic.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will prefer full sun, they are suitable for almost all situations and may be grown in any but very wet soil.

Propagation

You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn, the cultivars by budding in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Fireblight is sometimes a problem. Honey fungus rust.

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