Russian Hawthorn

Crataegus ambigua
15-20 feet high x 18-20 feet wide
Broad rounded shape
Zone 3
Full Sun


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Plant Select 2011! Folks who have bought this accent tree love its unique growth habit—it looks rugged and windswept when young. This Hawthorn would do well anywhere in Wyoming. It’s an attractive broad-headed tree, with small 3/8 inch thorns. Leaves are deeply lobed and medium green in summer. Numerous white flowers emerge in the spring and by late September the whole tree begins to glow as the abundant cherry like fruit ripens. They decorate the branches like ornaments, persisting into winter, and make a great bird attractant! This one wants full sun. This tree has done well at the Cheyenne Horticultural Field Station for more than 70 years!

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.