Crataegus brachyacantha

Blue Haw, Blue Hawthorn, Blueberry Hawthorn

In Stock: 0.986 lb (Total:0.986lb)
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Crataegus brachyacantha


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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in cold water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 120 days, cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: Spring sowing of unstratified seed will produce germination the next spring 

Explore the world of Crataegus brachyacantha, also known as the Blue Hawthorn, Blueberry Hawthorn, and Blue Haw. Native to Louisiana and surrounding states, this hawthorn species stands out amongst its peers due to its superior shade tolerance. As one of the tallest hawthorns in North America, this deciduous tree grows 40 to 50 ft high, forming a broad, round-topped head with sturdy thorns and glossy dark green leaves.
The unique beauty of the Blue Hawthorn shines through its striking visuals. Its petals gradually transform into a lovely orange hue as they age or dry, and the plant produces distinctive black, bitter fruits. The colors of the plant intensify in late August, when the fruit's waxy coating thickens and the underlying color turns a deep purple - a sight that inspired its titular names.
When fall arrives, the Blue Hawthorn's foliage turns to vivid shades of orange, bronze, and red - an ornamental feast for the eyes. Despite the bitter taste, the bright blue, round fruits with a blue-white bloom carry a certain aesthetic appeal, making this tree an ideal addition to any landscape. Dense and compact, punctuated by visible glabrous calyx-lobes and flower stalks, the Blue Hawthorn combines visual allure with unmatched resilience to shade. Experience the unique charm of the Blue Hawthorn, a species that beautifully frames the changing seasons.

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