Crataegus coccinea

Common name: Scarlet Hawthorn

Native plant

Many hawthorns have strongly similar characteristics, but our best information identifies this one as Crataegus coccinea. A plant seen in limited quantities here and rarely found elsewhere, it inhabits drier ground and well-drained slopes through its range. A small tree, Crataegus coccinea grows to 15 feet and about the same spread. It flowers early in summer or late spring, with flowers giving way to bright, deeply scarlet fruit that persists into late fall (if not eaten). Small birds love this plant and use its two inch thorns as protection.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Moist Woods, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Red


Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
35 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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