Crataegus mollis

Common name: Downy Hawthorn

Native plant

I began growing this hawthorn just 8-9 years ago. It is somewhat slower growing than other hawthorns and has fewer thorns. Blooming a very soft white in mid-April before its leaves appear, this is our earliest hawthorn to bloom. Fall color is a dull red. Leaf diseases in some years have been know to defoliate these trees. I have found it to be very adaptable to full sun and part-shade sites in mesic to poor soils. It is truly one of the most picturesque trees of the winter landscape.


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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
Pricing information per unit for 15 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $90
11 to 24 units $80
25 or more units $75

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring


Harsh exposure tolerant, Road-side/salt tolerant, Floodplain

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Single trunk

General information

Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
25 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color
Yellow Orange

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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