Washington Hawthorn – Crataegus phaenopyrum

The Washington Hawthorn is an ornamental tree which grows 25-30 feet high and 25-30 feet wide. This tree is a native to Missouri, and it is noted for its flowers and foliage, bright red fruit and fall color. It is a small, deciduous tree with thorny stems and serrated, glossy green leaves. The flowers are five petaled and fragrant. The word “haw” means hedge, so hawthorn is a thorny hedge. It supposedly was first grown first near Washington D. C. in the late 1700’s. It is a good tree for landscapes and streets. It prefers well-drained soils in full sun.

Washington hawthorn flowers

Beautifying University City, MO