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Crataegus mollis/Downy Hawthorn

Crataegus mollis / Crataegus mollis
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A broad spreading tree to 30 feet tall

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Scientific Name: Crataegus mollis
Common Name: Downy Hawthorn
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: A native tree that is variable in performance. Some have many thorns, while others have fewer. In autumn the foliage turns yellow to bronze. Fruit looks like small apples and turns red in late August and persist into fall, if not eaten by birds. Has thorns up to 2 inches long and they can be hazardous.