Black Hawthorn

Black Hawthorn

As a common perennial shrub in America, the black hawthorn is a popular tree which are planted in thousands of gardens for landscaping and fruiting purposes. They can produce attractive white blossoms in spring and summer and some dark colored fruits in autumn. Its first active flowering period in a year is in spring when most plants are starting to grow. The flowers will continually bloom until the late autumn. Generally, most of them can reach more than 25 feet in height with a similar spread when fully grown.

You can easily find black hawthorn products in nurseries, and you can choose your favorite options for the propagation via roots, cuttings or seeds. They cannot resist extreme coldness, and you should avoid planting them in cold climates. They need adequate water during its grow and they cannot tolerate drought areas with little amount of water. Some pruning work is required in winter to remove the weak branches and encourage the growth of new shoots in spring. The suckers growing from the root side should be trimmed as well to maintain the health of the main trunk.

Apart from landscaping usages in gardens, this tree have a variety of uses such as erosion control or wood industry. They are usually planted beside roads or ditches to minimize the spreading speed of erosion. Its high-quality wood is a good source of furniture and other handicrafts made by wood. Its fruits can feed a number of wild animals such as birds and small mammals.

Image provided Barbara Carr [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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