Hawthorns are a wonderful fruit tree for Colorado as they are drought-tolerant, grow well in clay soil and are pest and disease resistant. The Winter King variety is prolific and turns brilliant shades of red and purple in the fall. The leaves, flowers and berries have been used for centuries for their vitamin C content and heart-healthy compounds. It can be used in jellies, syrups, fruit leather and wine making.
Scientific name: Crataegus viridis
Purchase size: 4-5 ft, 2-3 yrs old
Plant hardiness zone: 4-7
Max height: 25-30 ft
Light: Full sun
Harvest: Fall, best after first frost