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CRATAEGUS x lavallei

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

CRATAEGUS x lavallei

Plant Common Name

Lavell's Hybrid Hawthorn

General Description

A small deciduous tree that offers year-round interest, this hybrid hawthorn originated in the late nineteenth century at the Arboretum de Segrez in France. It bears clusters of mildly fetid white flowers in late spring, followed by small spherical fruits that ripen orange-red in fall. The toothed, oval, glossy dark green leaves may turn burgundy or gold tones in fall. They typically remain into winter, partially hiding the persistent fruit. The silver-gray branches are spiny on young trees; unarmed on older specimens. This hybrid gradually grows into a round-headed, gray-trunked tree with upright limbs and an irregular habit.

Although tolerating a wide range of conditions, this tree does best in well drained soil and full sun. In hot or humid climates it is prone to leaf diseases. Where happy it makes a good small lawn or street tree. Site this tree where its spines will not harm pedestrians and vehicles.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No