Washington Hawthorn is a small tree, 20-30', national champion is 39'. This
hawthorn which is native to the eastern third of the USA has a very large range
now with the exception of the deep south where it suffers from the heat. The
Washington hawthorn makes a very good hedge and will keep kids and other
large animals at bay with the numerous rigid, thorny branches. Hawthorns are
more common in the southern half of the lower peninsula of Michigan. While hiking in the UP near the
mine I came across an impenetrable barrier made of hawthorn. The Finnish &
English settlers probably brought the seedlings with them for the small berries
they produce and since the larger fruit would not survive in the Copper Country.
The Washington hawthorn tree can grow in acid, neutral or alkaline soil, clay or
sandy soil, it prefers well drained soil but can do ok in wet soil. It has
attractive fruit and flowers. Flowers are white with a bit of pink. Fruit is
red, 1/4", hanging on thru the winter. One to five seeds to the bunch.
The fruit is edible and is made into jams and jellys.
The leaves are reddish purple early in the spring fading to a dark green as they
age. Hawthorn leaves are simple, oval, with serrated edges. The wood is
hard, tough, reddish and close grained. It is used as an ornamental tree, wood
used as tool handles & mallets. There are many cultivars of the hawthorn
available these days.
The blight will affect these trees but not in a serious way. Twig canker,
powdery mildew and leaf spot are moderate problems.
buy Washington hawthorn seedlings and transplants use the table below.
Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
Call for B+B for sale prices.
hawthorn seedling by PHONE: We're glad to take your
order by phone. For your convenience, we have a toll free number 800
568-9179. Phone orders can be charged to VISA, or MasterCard accounts.
To order hawthorn seedlings by MAIL: For those who wish to
order by mail or prefer to send a check, send orders to:
Porcupine Hollow Farm
8593 W. State Rd. Central Lake, Mi. 49622
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