Crataegus aestivalis

May haw, apple haw


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 25-30 ft    Width: 35-40 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant or wildlife planting for moist areas. Screen plant. Suggested by IFAS as a median planting or buffer planting for roadways.
Propagation: Seed. Sow fresh but may require a year or more to sprout.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable


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Attracts pollinators, especially important for native bees. Apparently less interesting as a wildlife food tree than some other haws. Larval food for hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)and blinded sphinx (Paonias excaecata).
Native Habitats: In and near pools and small ponds, floodplains, swamps, especially where water stands much of the time.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The various sources have conflicting opinions on the fruit and its uses.