The Washington hawthorn is a small, colorful tree that will brighten any landscape. Its pleasant display begins with reddish-purple leaves emerging in spring, then turning dark green as they are joined by a graceful display of white flowers. In autumn, the leaves turn orange, scarlet or purple. Red berries extend the colorful show into winter, often contrasting beautifully with the first winter snow.
- Displays late-blooming white flowers
- Develops vibrant fall color in orange, scarlet, or purple hues
- Produces bright red berries that keep into the winter
- Will be delivered at height of 2’–3′
- The Washington Hawthorn grows in zones 4-8
- Mature Height: 25’–30′
- Mature Spread: N/A–25′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Pyramidal
- Sun Preference: Full Sun
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet
- Wildlife Value: The Washington Hawthorn produces abundant fruit which is eaten by birds and mammals throughout winter. It is an important nectar plant for bees.
First noted scientifically in 1883, the tree received its name from its point of origin when introduced to Pennsylvania from Washington, becoming known as the Washington thorn because of its prominent thorns.
It is said that American legend Paul Bunyan used the Washington hawthorn’s branches as a back scratcher.