Downy Hawthorn

Downy Hawthorn Crataegus MollisThe downy hawthorn (Crataegus mollis) is the largest and most common of the hawthorns found in Iowa. These plants can be an aggressive invader of open or abandoned sites.

Hardiness: Zone 3

Growth Rate: Moderate

Mature Shape: Low spreading branches; similar to an apple tree

Height: 20-30 feet

Width: 25-30 feet

Site Requirements: Full sun, drought tolerant

Flowering Dates: April - May

Seed Dispersal Dates: Fall

Seed Bearing Frequency: Yearly

Seed Stratification: Warm stratification for 21 days at 85°F followed by prechilling for 6 months at 50°F