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Crataegus mollis

Downy hawthorn

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsApril & September
  • Height8m to 9m
  • Spread9m to 12m
  • Growth HabitUpright weeping
  • Flower ColourYellow white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid-dark green

Description

Crataegus mollis (Downy hawthorn). A deciduous tree from central USA. Leaves are broad and shallowly lobed and downy on both surfaces. In early summer bears clusters of yellow-white flowers, followed by deep red, cherry-looking fruit. It has been in cultivation for a long time, and is one of the best of the North American hawthorns.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Red haw, Hawthorn

Origin

Eastern and Central N. America

Interest and use

Producing ornamental fruits. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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

Propagate from cold-stratified seed, or by grafting of named clones

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to fireblight, burn affected branches.

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