The Hawthorn is an attractive large shrub or small tree. The Hawthorn tree has white flowers similar to apple blossoms that attracts butterflies and beneficial insects. The berries are called haws, are red or black and are known for many medicinal uses. Chinese Hawthorns would make a great jelly, eaten fresh, used in drinks, or dried and used in candies. The berries of the native Black Hawthorn provide food in the winter and the thorny branches provide protection for birds.
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Winter / Spring
Large shrub or small tree with profuse apple-like white blossoms turning to ½ " long black fruits appreciated by birds in fall and winter. Thorny branches. Bushy growth to about 20 ft. tall but can be pruned to a shrub-sized hedge. Black Hawthorn trees are North American natives and most common in the Pacific Northwest. Also known as Douglas' Thornapple after explorer David Douglas. Zone 5-9.
This attractive small tree has pretty white flowers followed by large clusters of bright red edible fruits. In China the 1 1/2"diameter tart fruits are eaten fresh, dried, or used in candies and drinks. Da Mian Qui "Red Sun" hawthorn is the larger fruited relative of our Southern Mayhaw. Like Mayhaw they would make a great jelly. Grows to about 20 ft. tall. Zone 6-9.
Grafted trees selected by herbalist and hawthorn specialist EagleSong Gardener for use in herbal medicine, jams, jellies and beverages. Late flowering, profuse white blooms followed by great keeping fleshy black fruit, larger than C. monogyna. Golden Girl Hawthorn is a small tree to 20' if unpruned, but can be maintained at any size.