A picture of a Downy hawthorn

Downy hawthorn

Crataegus mollis

Also known as

Red haw, Hawthorn

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

9m

Max

12m

8m

Min

9m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Downy hawthorn Overview

A deciduous tree from central USA. Leaves are broad and shallowly lobed and downy on both surfaces. In early summer bears clusters of yellow-white flowers, followed by deep red, cherry-looking fruit. It has been in cultivation for a long time, and is one of the best of the North American hawthorns.

Common problems with Downy hawthorn

How to propagate Downy hawthorn

Seed

Propagate from cold-stratified seed.

Grafting

By grafting of named clones.

Special features of Downy hawthorn

Hedge plant

Other uses of Downy hawthorn

Producing ornamental fruits. Suitable for coastal conditions.