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Long grown in its native Europe as a hedge plant, this small, rounded, low-branched tree is still among the most popular garden hawthorns. It bears clusters of sweet-scented white flowers in showy abundance in late spring, followed by small spherical fruits that ripen red in fall. Some forms have pink blooms. The small, lobed, glossy dark green leaves do not brighten before dropping in fall. The stiff horizontal limbs have attractive yellowish-green bark and brandish numerous spines. Cultivars and hybrids of this hawthorn include upright 'Stricta' and thornless shrubby 'Compacta'.
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. Cedar hawthorn rust can disfigure both foliage and fruits. Where it does well it makes a lovely specimen or hedging tree with year-round interest. The edible fruits can be made into jelly. Site this tree where its spines will not harm pedestrians and vehicles. It sometimes escapes gardens, and is considered a weed in some areas.
7 - 1
5 - 7
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17
20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m
Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Green, Dark Green
Orange, Yellow Green, Olive, Brown
Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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