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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Hawthorn - Small Waterwise Tree For Utah Landscapes
The Hawthorn trees bloom in May in Utah and they are truly spectacular! Covered with cascades of tiny red, pink or white flowers (depending on the species), they herald the beginning of the summer season. Hawthorns (Crataegus) are waterwise (they will need some water during the hot times of summer), winter hardy and tolerant of harsh conditions. They are not fussy about soil. Reaching a maximum height of only about 20 feet, Hawthorns are a great choice for urban plantings; parking strips and small yards - or mass plantings in large spaces. In the fall and winter months, the berries of the Hawthorn provide a food source for birds, especially thrushes and waxwings - and their spring flowers provide food for butterflies and moths. Hawthorn is native to temperate areas all over the Northern hemisphere. Check out this interesting folklore about the Hawthorn.