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Crataegus douglasii

Black Hawthorn

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Multi-tasking shrub with white blooms, black berries and spines.

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  • Fall Color Display
  • Thorny Hedge
  • Berries Attract Birds
  • Hardy Shrub

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Utility and beauty in one plant. Black Hawthorn has been a riparian planting stand-by for many years. It's no surprise because it has moderate size, slower growth rate, a clumped shrubby base, bright fall color, and berries for the birds to eat. Eventhe 1/2" to 1" long thorns can be put to use to create a visually appealing yet pokey hedge. White blossoms in the spring give way to black berries that last into the winter. Berries are edible and have large hard seeds and a subtle apple flavor.

Common Names Black Hawthorn
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Near streams, hillsides, flood plains, open forest throughout the western states.
Native States CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Brambly hedge, naturalized yard backdrop, watercourse banks.
Mature Height 12 - 20 ft.
Mature Width 10 ft.
Group Spacing 4-10 ft.
Blossom Color White
Blooms Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Prune to a single trunk or to a shrub.
Wildlife Notes Cover and food for birds. Deer browse.
Plants Symbol CRDO2
Family Name Rosaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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