Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Tree
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Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Tree
Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Leaf
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Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1126

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'
$245.00
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Crimson Cloud Hawthorn is an undiscovered gem. Once you see it in bloom, you’ll wonder why there isn’t one on every block! You might start a trend when your neighbors see this small ornamental tree in your yard in late spring with its sweet red blossoms—each stamped with a bright white star. In fall, you and your family will be treated to a display of showy red berries that will feed hungry birds. Tough and durable, this adaptable tree makes a fine choice for urban gardens as well as for homes in the country and anyplace in between.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Hawthorns are native to most of Europe, and over thousands of years, Hawthorn myths have woven themselves into the fabric of daily life there. They have been said to bring good luck and bad and have been associated with love, death, marriage, fertility, slaying vampires, and luck in fishing!  The Celts believed that sitting under a Hawthorn on May Day could get you spirited away to the Fairy World forever (don’t say we didn’t warn you).  Crimson Cloud emerged in 1966 from the now defunct Princeton Nurseries of New Jersey.

The Details

You'll be wandering around with your head in the clouds once you see the superb spring floral display of this Hawthorn! This "almost thornless" Crimson Cloud provides you with large clusters of small red flowers with white centers, dark green leaves through summer and glossy red fruit in fall. Crimson Cloud Hawthorns are more disease resistant than other red flowering Hawthorns and one spiffy tree to include in your garden!

How to Grow

The name Hawthorn was given to trees and shrubs known for their small fruits (sometimes called “haws”) and their thorny branches. However, Crimson Cloud has almost no thorns at all. The greatest reward of this hawthorn is the beautiful clusters of red and white flowers as well as the red fruit that attracts birds – like the Cedar Waxwing I saw on the Crimson Cloud in my backyard last year! When choosing a spot to plant your Hawthorn, pick a spot that will receive full sun and don’t plant it too close to other trees. Good air circulation and proper all-around maintenance of your Hawthorn will help reduce the chance of pests and diseases. Pests, such as aphids and Japanese Beetles, and diseases, such as rust, can pester Crimson Cloud Hawthorns if proper tree care is not achieved. Remember to water your tree after initial planting and during drought conditions, also give it a low rate fertilizer about once a year, during fall, for about the first 3 years. When it comes to pruning, prune your hawthorn every year for the first 3 or 4 years will help to improve the overall shape of your tree. After the first few years of pruning, you may also prune when needed to maintain its shape as it matures, just be sure to prune after your hawthorn is done flowering.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Red/White
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

8-10' tall grown in our #15 tree container. Fully branched with a well formed head. Strong caliper will not require staking. Landscape ready!

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Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Tree
Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Leaf
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Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1126