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Russian Hawthorn

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'Crataegus ambigua'

The Russian Hawthorn is a relatively small deciduous tree growing to about 15 feet tall at maturity. This tree is primarily planted as an accent tree in yards and landscaping. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. In mid spring, the entire tree is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers. The flowers are followed by showy red berries that persist through late fall which attract birds. Throughout the season this tree has green foliage. Its oval leaves turn slightly yellow and red but are not as dramatically colored in the fall as other tree species.

Note: The fruit can be messy if planted directly alongside a driveway or sidewalk. 

This tree should only occasionally need maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. The Russian Hawthorn is a highly adaptable tree to both dry and moist soil as long as there is no standing water. It does very well with urban pollution and can thrive in inner city environments.

Hardy to -30°F
Maximum Elevation: 8,000 Feet