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    Washington Hawthorn: A Symbol of Hope

    By James R. Fazio | August 29, 2017

    Crataegus phaenopyrum Native to the southeast U.S., the Washington hawthorn was first discovered by an unknown explorer and taken to England in the late 1600s. It was commercially grown in Georgetown and became popular around Washington D.C., its namesake. The Washington hawthorn was originally a shrub, but grew popular in its tree form. In natural settings, the Washington hawthorn grows in a wild and unkept pattern. In 1899 there were 17 species of hawthorns known in the U.S. A decade…

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