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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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $22
11 to 24 units $19
25 or more units $16.50

Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring


Harsh exposure tolerant, Road-side/salt tolerant

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Single trunk

General information

Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
35 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color
Orange Red

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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