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Round Hawthorn

Scientific name

Crataegus chrysocarpa


The Round Hawthorn is a deciduous tree species that can grow up to 6 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names: Fireberry Hawthorn, Red Haw, or Piper’s Hawthorn. The bark is scaly brown and the branches have sharp thorns. The leaves are alternately arranged, about 5 cm long, ovate to round shaped, shiny dark green coloured, and have deeply toothed margins. The flowers are fragrant, white, have five petals, have up to ten long stamens, usually grow in bunches, and bloom between May and June. These flowers produce fleshy red berries in late summer that are edible to humans. Hawthorn is a slow growing and long lived plant with a deep root system. The fruit and flowers of Round Hawthorn are beneficial to many wildlife species, like birds and mammals, as well as pollinator species, like bees and butterflies.

Planting conditions

Round Hawthorn grows best in moist to wet conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It can grow in a variety of soil types with a range of pH levels. Round Hawthorn tolerates drought, strong wind, and pollution. This plant can be naturally found along river or lake shorelines, in moist forests, or forest edges.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Tree
  • Height:
    • 6 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m