Red Haw (Crataegus mollis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 30 to 50 feet
Plant Spread: 35 to 50 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Midges
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

flowers and young foliage

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 2, 2018 4:37 PM

Downy Hawthorn is somewhat common in the wild in the Chicago area. Its native range is from western new York and southeast Ontario to central Tennessee to northeast Oklahoma up through eastern Kansas & Nebraska & South Dakota to all through Minnesota and a little into southern Manitoba, in wet mesic bottomlands to dry uplands. It grows about 1 foot/year and lives about 75 to 100 years. It has large leaves for a Hawthorn, to about 4 inches by 4 inches. The leaves are fuzzy, light green, not shiny, and turn golden brown in autumn. The white flowers are about 10 in a cluster that is about 3 to 4 inches wide, borne in late May to early June, along with half-grown leaves. It does often get lots of Cedar Rust spots on the leaves. It bears dull red fruit about 1 inch wide in late August and September. Some native plant nurseries offer this species, but it is otherwise not used in landscaping.

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