|These thorny, densely flowering small trees have hardwood trunks that resemble muscles. White, pink, or red flower clusters are followed by small fruits which attract birds. Some fruits are juicy enough for jelly. Autumn foliage turns brilliant red or orange. After leaf drop, the wide-spreading branches are picturesque. Plant in a shrubbery border, behind lower shrubs, or as hedges or lawn trees. Do not plant where small children can get hurt by the thorns. Thrive in open woodlands and in almost any soil. Need winter chill. Prune to shape.
Shiny, dark green leaves hide the sparse 1-inch spines. Usually 10 to 12 flowers bloom on each flower stalk. The red, ½-inch elliptical fruit turns black and is used in jellies. May spread underground.
Attributes - Crataegus douglasii
Plant Type: Tree
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Early Summer
Flower Color: White
Height: 25 ft. to 30 ft.
Width: 30 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids.