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Crataegus opaca/Mayhaw

Crataegus opaca / Crataegus opaca
Small apple-like fruit and foliage
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Small apple-like fruit and foliage

Late winter flowers

Canopy of flowers in late winter

Orchard tree in late winter

Specimen tree in full bloom

Clusters of red handsome red fruit

Flowers with black stamens

Fruit in top of tree in May

Red fruit ready for harvest

Mature fruit

Produces a large number of blossoms

Bees like the earlt spring pollen and nectar

Trees in a mature orchid

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Scientific Name: Crataegus opaca
Common Name: Mayhaw
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Fruit are highly prized for making jelly. Birds and wildlife also eat the fruit. Tolerates a wide variety of moisture, drainage and light conditions; but prefers slightly acid, moist soils in sun to part shade. Several improved cultivars available on the market that produce larger fruit than the common native species. Several include 'Super Spur,' 'Royalty,' 'Texas Star,' and 'Spectacular.'