101 Washington Hawthorn

Rich green, oval canopy of a young Washington Hawthorn.Facts About Washington Hawthorn

Crataegus phaenopyrum

Native to: Eastern and Central United States
Crown: Broadly oval
Height: 30 feet
Width: 25 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate

Characteristics: Foliage is orange to red in fall with white flower clusters in June. Bright red fruit persists until mid-March. This tree has very good drought tolerance and is more resistant to rust than most Hawthorns. Birds and bees are attracted to this tree.

Negative Features: This tree has thorns and is susceptible to some disease and insect problems. Its fruit can be messy and leaf spot can be a problem.

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. It 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.

Engraved stone sign for Washington Hawthorn, Crataegus phaenopyrum.
Triangular-shaped green leaves of Washington Hawthorn with small green fruit.
Graphic of a golden, frowning sun.
Graphic of planter dimension for 4 ft.
Graphic displaying whether tree height will work with existing utility lines.