We planted three of these in 1998 and they're still doing well despite girdling by sapsuckers and several years of rust (fungus). They are blooming profusely this year and abuzz with pollinators. What they don't tell you is the blossoms have an unusual aroma. The first few years we thought there was a dead mammal that had fallen into our water feature, but eventually discovered it was the scent of the blossoms. Now that I know what it is, it doesn't seem so bad, just most unusual. Also they are the second phase of several parasitic rusts (cedar-hawthorne rust, for example). I had to eliminate most of my junipers near them as that seemed to be the host causing them to turn rusty colored and grow ugly nubbins on the branches. They have recovered with seasonal sprays and eliminating the junipers. I would probably recommend other ornamental trees before these for reasons mentioned.
Crusader® Native Hawthorn Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
In addition to its abundant white floral display in late spring, attractive silver bark, colorful fall foliage, and showy fruit, this thornless native hawthorn tolerates just about any challenge you can give it. It shrugs off wet and dry soils, is not fussy about pH levels, is unbothered by clay or salt, and resists the many diseases that often plague the rose family.
Top reasons to grow Crusader® hawthorn:
- Thornless native hawthorn!
- Showy fruit that supports wildlife.
- Easy care, less worry about disease or insect damage.Attracts:BeesResists:DeerRabbitsNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:180 InchesSpacing:144 - 180 InchesSpread:144 - 180 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Works well as a specimen tree or as the starting point for a native garden.Maintenance Notes:
Pruning should be done cautiously, with a light hand. Excessive pruning can stunt its growth. If you wish to shape or remove crossing branches, do so in wintertime when it's dormant.
Grows well in most soil types, but prefers those that are moist and well-draining.Crusader® Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis '‘Cruzam’'
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Agatha, Maine, United States, 15 weeks ago