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Audubon® Cockspur Hawthorn
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A low-branching, wide-spreading habit gives this handsome native tree a distinctive look. Cockspur Hawthorn makes a flat-topped specimen in time, providing a nice contrast to more upright trees in your landscape. The branches look especially dramatic in winter when outlined with snow and draped with dark red fruit. Birds ignore the crabapple-like pomes until they get really hungry, and then they are happy for the nourishment. Cedar Waxwings and fox sparrows are the most likely visitors; in rural areas, Ruffed Grouse may show up to dine on the fruits.
May Benefit & Attract: Waxwings, sparrows, and Ruffed Grouse
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Recommended by Our Growers
Cockspur Hawthorn is an adaptable, wide-ranging species found throughout much of the eastern U.S., from Maine to Texas to Florida. It has long been cultivated as a hedge plant; its twiggy growth and long spines can form an impenetrable barrier. Some birds, such as Robins, Cardinals, Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves, Cuckoos, and Flycatchers, love the dense canopy for the protection it provides them from other animals and will nest there. The loggerhead shrike is another bird that visits Hawthorn… for a macabre reason. This perky little predator likes to impale its victims (grasshoppers, frogs, etc.) on the Hawthorn’s long thorns for eating later!
In late spring, Cockspur Hawthorn’s snowy white flowers paint a pretty picture. They are loved by bees and other pollinators. In fall, the glossy, dark green leaves may turn orange or red before falling.
How to Grow
Cockspur Hawthorn doesn’t need to be pampered and will make do with any planting site as long as it’s in full sun and has well-drained soil. This country hedgerow tree even does well in the heart of the city. Do protect the trunk from damage, as the pretty, silvery bark is thin, and string trimmers can wreak havoc. Cockspur Hawthorn rarely needs pruning, which is a good thing—there’s a reason it’s called a Haw-THORN! If you do need to prune, do so shortly after the tree blooms and proceed carefully.
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Size B Trees:
6-7' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although this size can be handled by one strong person two people would make it much easier. You will need a truck or trailer to bring this native home.
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