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Crataegus viridis

Plant the cultivar 'Winter King'

The green hawthorn is a small ornamental flowering tree; its cultivar 'Winter King' is suggested for use. Like the cockspur hawthorn, green hawthorn too has thorns, but it grows 20' to 30' tall and is rounded in habit. White flowers appear in mid-May after the leaves emerge. Red fruits ripen in September and persist into the winter. Fall color can range from purple to deep red. This tree is used as a specimen plant in the landscape. 

Crataegus viridis
Green hawthorn
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Type: Small flowering tree

Mature Size:
15-25 feet

Shape:
round
  Flower Color:
white
  Bloom Season:
May-June
Exposure:
sun
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
5-8
attracts butterflies
Winter Interest
bark
fruit
  Landscape Use:
specimen plant
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