If you’re looking to fill in the open spaces in your yard, or just add a bit of color to your landscaping, the Washington hawthorn is a great option. First introduced to Pennsylvania from Washington, the tree earned its name because of its prominent thorns.
Legend has it that Paul Bunyan used the Washington hawthorn’s branches as a back scratcher. Here are a few things to note if you’re considering adding one to your landscape.
- Grows 1-2 feet a year reaching 25-30 feet at maturity.
- Versatile tree, growing in a wide variety of hardiness zone (4-8).
- Prefers full sun (6 hours of direct sunlight a day).
- Drought-tolerant, grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils.
- Blooms white flowers with reddish-purple leaves.
- Produces bright red berries that hang until the winter. It is popular amongst birds.
- Develops thorns on its branches, making it an effective barrier.
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