Crataegus × lavallei

Lavalle hawthorn

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Outstanding Qualities

Lavalle hawthorn is a remarkable tree, combining toughness and beauty. Its leaves are lustrous, dark green and remain on the tree well into winter. White clusters of flowers appear in late spring and develop into orange-red fruits that are also held through winter, set off by the glossy leaves. It tolerates dry soil and urban conditions. The most common clone of this plant is called 'Carrierei' but it is usually sold simply as Crataegus x lavalleei.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees, birds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold

Great Color Partners: red, burgundy, white

Culture Notes
This extraordinarily tough tree grows best in full sun, although it will tolerate light to open shade. Well-drained soil is preferred, but it will tolerate sandy sites, clay and tough urban sites. Once established it is completely drought tolerant.