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Scientific Name: Crataegus phaenopyrum (formally known as C. cordata)
Other Common Names: Virginia or Maple-leaved Hawthorn
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 20 to 35 feet
Spread: 20 to 25 feet
Shape: Rounded or pyramidal
This is the largest of the hawthorns. Generally grows into a pyramidal or rounded form. It flowers later than other hawthorns, producing clusters of white flowers with yellowish pink anthers. The bark is light brown that starts off thin and smooth and becomes scaly. Leaves are 2 inches long and almost 2 inches wide. The leaves emerge bronze, but quickly become green. Produces small, clusters of fruit in the early autumn that turn deep red by late autumn. Leaves turn a burgundy fall color.
Zone: 5 to 9
Light: Full sun
Moisture: Wet to moist
Soil Type: Well-drained, but tolerant of poor soils
Fertilize with formulations that promote woody, strong growth rather than excessive foliar growth. Avoid excessive exposure to salts (either road or sea salt).
Prone to rust diseases such as Cedar Hawthorn Rust and Cedar Quince Rust. Flowers can be extremely malodorous. Thorns can be a safety hazard. Does not tolerate road salt.
Crataegus means 'strength', referring to the strong wood and phaenopyrum means 'with the appearance of a pear'.