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Kansas Hawthorne
Catalogue A# 2004-005 H9
GPS 45D 43' 58" N / 108D 37' 20" W

Crataegus coccinoides

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: Native to Kansas,Arkansas,Missouri,Illinois

Common name: Kansas Hawthorne

Location: West lawn of Homestead house

Number in accession: 1

Note: Long thorns compared to other Hawthorns

​This 6 inch Hawthorn provides overall benefits of: $21 every year. 

Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale: Non-native
        Landscape Uses: Hedge, Specimen
        Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
Mature Height: 20-30 feet
Mature Width: 20-40 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
        Soil Preference: Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
        Acid Soils: Prefers
        Alkaline Soils: Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Intolerant
        Soil Salt: Intolerant
        Drought Conditions: Tolerant
        Poor Drainage: Intolerant
        Planting Considerations: Aggressive, Dangerous thorns, May be difficult to find in nurseries
        Ornamental Interest: Spring blossoms, Showy flowers
        Season of Interest: Mid spring, Late spring
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Fragrant, White
        Shape or Form: Round
        Growth Rate: Moderate
        Transplants Well: No
        Wildlife: Migrant bird


Kansas hawthorn is a small tree (usually up to 20 feet/7 m tall) that prefers dry hillsides, usually on limestone bedrock. As such, in New England, it is primarily found in the western hills of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut (though other populations occur elsewhere). In the heart of its range (Kansas and the midwest), it is planted as a city tree because of its tolerance to pollution, its red fall foliage, and its brilliant red fruits.

overallbenefitsMA26Park or other vacant
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