Lavalle Hawthorn


Crataegus x lavallei

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are shiny dark green on top with fine hairs beneath. Leaves are elliptical 2-4” long and ½ as wide with serrations on the upper outside edge. The lower ⅓ to ⅔ of the leaf edge is smooth. Dark, glossy green color in summer. Fall color is red to purple-red or bronze/copper.

Bark/Twigs: Trunk has an interesting exfoliating appearance. Branches have a few stout, thick thorns.

Flowers/Fruit: White flowers have five petals and are ¼” in diameter. Flowers grow in 3” wide clusters. Blooms late spring or early summer (May to June). Fruit is a fairly large ⅝ - ¾" marble-sized berry (pome). Bright orange-red when mature and remain on the tree throughout winter attracting birds.

Mature size and shape: Small to medium.  15-25’h and ⅔ as wide.

Rounded tree with dense branching pattern, especially dense among the smaller branches.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Moist, well-drained soil is best. Does fairly well in somewhat drier conditions.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Good specimen tree. Can be planted in parkstrips. Slow to medium growing rate. Average maintenance.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-7

Family/Origin: Rosaceae – Rose. A hybrid of C. crusgalli and probably C. pubescens.

Campus use: Common. Can be found on southeast part of President's Circle or south of University Bookstore (Bld 67). The tree in President’s Circle is on the Utah Big Tree Registry.