Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Parsley Hawthorn

Parsley Hawthorn

Crataegus marshallii

Full to part sun; medium to moderately dry moisture level; tolerates a wide range of soils including sandy, sandy loam, medium loam, clay loam, and clay; slightly acid to alkaline pH.

15-25 feet height by 15-20 feet spread; white flowers in spring; bright red berries in fall.

Growth Rate: Moderate

Maintenance: Frequent disease problems (fire blight, rust, mildew and scab) and frequent insect problems (aphids, borers, miners). A moderate dose of balanced fertilizer (avoid excess) combined with full sun and good air circulation will help avoid rust, scabs and fire blight that plague hawthorns.

Propagation: Seed germination code C (100-300)

Native Region: Southern tier of West Tennessee counties and southern portion of Ridge and Valley Province

Small tree or large shrub with dainty, ornamental, five-petaled blossoms and attractive burnt orange and gray peeling bark. Very ornamental foliage with parsley-like leaves which accounts for its common name. Colorful yellow leaves in fall. Thorns are slender and not too plentiful. Adapts well to garden soils and can tolerate poor soil conditions.

Larval host for a number of hairstreak butterflies.

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