Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) (17114 bytes)    Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) is a small ornamental tree reaching about 20 feet in height. It is often multi-trunked, densely branched, and twiggy. Prefers full sun and well-drained soils but will tolerate poor soils, various soil pHs, compacted soils, drought, heat and winter salt spray. Hardy to zone 3.

 

 Washington Hawthorn foliage (7112 bytes) Washington Hawthorn fall foliage (8555 bytes) Foliage emerges reddish, but quickly matures to dark green. Fall color is burgundy to wine.
Washington Hawthorn thorns (7213 bytes) Thorns on twigs are sharp and numermous.
washington hawthorne blooms (24308 bytes) Flowers are white, covering the tree in June and lasting about 2 weeks. They are malodorous.
Washington Hawthorn fruit (7801 bytes) Fruit is initially green, turning to orange by late summer and red-orange in the fall. Persists into winter when not eaten by birds.
Washington Hawthorn bark (7299 bytes) Bark is brown-gray and eventually exfoliates into thin strips to reveal a red-orange interior.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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