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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Woodies- Standard Tree
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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, Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
25 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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