Family: Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Crataegus viridis Winter King

Common Name: Winter King Hawthorn

DescriptionA small tree with glossy leaves and a plethora of red fruit for winter interest.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Trees Deciduous
Hardiness Zone5a-7b
Soil & Siteaverage, very tolerant
Flowerswhite, 3/4", 5 petaled, in 2 inch clusters.
Fruitred drupe, 1/4-1/2", covers the tree and persists throughout the winter, sets best fruit when there is another Hawthorn blooming at the same time (#110), very ornamental
Leavesalternate, simple, glossy green, elliptical to oval, toothed edges and are elliptical to oval, fall color is golden yellow, sometimes with hints or red
Stemsouter bark is beige-gray and will exfoliate to a warm cinnamon under bark. young branches can be armored with sparse thorns
Dimensions25-35 feet tall
MaintenanceThis Hawthorn is more resistant to the fungus problems that plague many other Hawthorns.
PropagationMay not come true from seed so the plants are produced by budding.
Cultivar OriginIntroduced by the Simpsons Nursery, Vincennes, Indiana in 1955.
Misc FactsThe name viridis means green and the young branches tend to be silvery-green.
Notes & Reference#1-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Dirr), #75-Encyclopedia of Nuts, Berries and Seeds (John Heinerman), #110-Hawthorns and Medlars (James Phipps))
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