Hawthorn (Crataegus coccinea)

Botanical names:
Crataegus coccinea Accepted
Mespilus coccinea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 20-25ft
Plant Spread: 20-25ft
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: Ovate (sometimes rounded), dark green leaves (to 3 long) are broadest near the base and sometimes lobed near the top. Leaves are coarsely toothed and mostly hairless. Leaves turn orange to purple red in fall.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Rounded fruits (1/2 diameter) that ripen to scarlet in September-October and typically persist to late fall/early winter. Fruits are technically edible, but are usually best left for the birds. The fruit is sometimes called a haw.
Flowers: Showy
Other: Flowers emit an unpleasant fragrance.
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Other: May
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Midges

Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Jan 30, 2012 9:31 PM

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"Crataegus coccinea (common name, Scarlet Hawthorn) is a species of Hawthorn around which there is considerable confusion because the name has been misapplied for a long time. It has been shown to be the same as C. pedicellata, and under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, that older name (C. coccinea) should be used."

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