black hawthorn (Cratageus douglasii)

several white flowers among green leaves

black hawthorn

 

Common name: black hawthorn
Botanical name: Cratageus douglasii

Light: Full to partial sun
Height: 5 – 16 feet
Water: moist, especially in spring; often found near water
Soil type: well-drained

Deciduous shrub with 1 1/2″ thorns; white flowers in spring; blackish purple berries in fall – best harvested after frost – highly prized by birds (that also use it for nesting); beautiful fall color!

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