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Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn

Crataegus laevigata 'Superba'

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Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata 'Superba') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' flowers

Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' flowers

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Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata 'Superba') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' in bloom

Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' in bloom

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

A wonderful disease-resistant improvement on the species, makes a beautiful small accent tree for home landscapes; covered in reddish pink flowers with white centers in spring and showy scarlet fruit in fall, very thorny

Ornamental Features

Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn is covered in stunning clusters of crimson flowers with white centers held atop the branches in mid spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy red pomes displayed from early fall to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Crimson Cloud English Hawthorn will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features

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