SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL, Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Large thorns 1 1/2 to 3 inches long. Attractive fall color. The specific epithet in Latin means leg of a cock referring to the thorns' resemblance of a cock's spurs. A thornless variety called inermis is sometimes prefered.
Native to Eastern United States and Canada.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 20 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Obovate, Glossy Dark Green, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Deciduous.
White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Orange or Red Pome, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Gray or Red Brown, Scaly or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 12 and 14 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 7.
Exposure Full Sun.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Medium in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Scales and Spider Mites, Fire Blight, Armillaria, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Rust and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Crataegus crus-galli Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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