Native to: Northeastern United States and Mexico Crown: Small, broadly oval Height: 25 feet Width: 15 - 20 feet Growth Rate: Moderate
Characteristics: Lavalle has white spring flowers that develop into red fruit clusters that remain all winter. Fall foliage is bronze or copper-red. Birds and bees are attracted to this tree.
Negative Features: This tree has thorns. Lavalle is not a uniform grower and may need some pruning. Fireblight can make entire branches die back quickly. Fruit can be messy.
Uses: Good for underneath wires and tight situations where there is little room. Good for planting along natural areas, ponds, drainage channels and wetlands. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view. Best used in limited quantity.
Comments: Due to berries and thorns, this tree is best used along natural areas and wetlands. Lavalle is not suitable for use in front of residences. There are other Hawthorns like 'Toba' and 'Ohio Pioneer' that also can be used in specific situations. A columnar form is featured on the tour, tree #126.