The Washington Hawthorn Tree (Crateaegus phaenopyrum) is native to the Southeastern U.S., often found in river beds or low swamps. They have year-round interest with clusters of beautiful white flowers in the Spring, glossy green foliage in the Summer, and dramatic Fall foliage.

Western Hawthorns are grown for their clusters of white flowers in the Spring and red berries that look like little apples and that hang on from late Summer to Winter. Birds love the berries!

They have sharp, thorny branches that often grow in multibranched thickets. The thorny branches can be useful as a barrier plant.

The summer foliage is green with maple-like leaves and turns orange, red, and purple in the Fall.


This tree grows up to 25′ tall and wide, making a great street tree or lawn tree.

Growing Requirements

Western Hawthorns are best grown in full sun and they prefer moist, well-drained loamy soil.