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Crataegus phaenopyrum
Crataegus phaenopyrum

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Zones A2, A3, 2-12, 14-17, 28, 30-41
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Crataegus laevigata

English Hawthorn
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Trees

CRATAEGUS

Small trees, these members of the rose family are known for clusters of pretty, usually white flowers after leaf-out in spring and for showy fruit resembling tiny apples in summer and fall (and often into winter). They are typically multitrunked, with thorny branches that need some pruning to thin out excess twiggy growth. Many hawthorns produce water sprouts, which should be pruned out. They attract bees, birds.

Crataegus laevigata ‘Superba’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Crataegus laevigata ‘Superba’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Crataegus laevigata

Native to Europe and North Africa. Grows to 18–25 ft. high, 15–20 ft. wide. Most varieties have clusters of rose-red, white, or pink clusters of flowers. Leaves are similar to those of Crataegus monogyna but have toothed lobes.

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