Acer crataegifolium

hawthorn maple

Outstanding Qualities

Hawthorn maple is a great small to medium sized tree with bright green bark striped in blue-green and white. The bark color is attractive all year long, but really shines in the winter. The small leaves turn gold and orange in the fall and drop all at once making clean up easy. The upright vase shape is handsome in the garden and keeps branches up and out of the way.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’, Acer tegmentosum, Rhododendron ‘Fred Peste’, Actaea pachypoda

Great Color Contrasts: purple, red, orange, yellow, pink

Great Color Partners: green, white, silver

Culture Notes

The foliage color and bright green stems are best in open to dappled shade. Keep the main trunk protected from full sun to prevent splitting and damage during the winter. Provide a location with well-drained soil and occasional watering during summer dry spells. Hawthorn maples have a lovely structure, and they require very little pruning to maintain their form.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: open to dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering