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CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'

Image of Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'

Plant Common Name

Crimson Cloud Hawthorn, Smooth Hawthorn

General Description

The cultivar 'Crimson Cloud' is a bright-flowered, disease-resistant selection of English hawthorn, a small, low-branched, round-headed deciduous tree from Europe. It bears showy clusters of red, white-centered flowers in late spring, followed by small spherical fruits that ripen red in fall. The small, lobed, glossy dark green leaves are resistant to the leaf blight that often defoliates other English hawthorns. The stiff spreading or ascending limbs brandish long spines, which are beautiful when frosted with snow.

Although tolerating a wide range of conditions, this tree does best in well drained soil and full sun. It fares poorly in regions with hot humid summers. Where it does well it makes a lovely specimen tree with year-round interest. Site this tree where its spines will not harm pedestrians and vehicles. English hawthorn sometimes escapes gardens, and is considered a weed in some areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18'-25' / 5.5m - 7.6m

  • Width

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes