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Crataegus viridis

Green Hawthorn

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This dense tree is native to the Southeastern U.S. and is a relatively hardy, great spring time flowering tree.

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Crataegus viridis, also known as the Green Hawthorn, is a deciduous tree prized for its year-round beauty and numerous benefits in landscaping. With glossy green foliage, fragrant white flowers in spring, and colorful autumn foliage, it adds aesthetic appeal to any landscape. Its flowers and fruit attract wildlife, while its low-maintenance nature and adaptability to various soil types make it an ideal choice for urban and suburban settings. Additionally, it helps control erosion, serves as a windbreak, and is generally resistant to major pests and diseases, making it a valuable asset in any garden or outdoor space.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Southern Hawthorn

Plant Type: Perennial, Tree

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Spring

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline, Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 20 - 35 ft

Spread: 20 - 35 ft

Growth Rate: Slow-medium