High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Paul's Scarlet English Hawthorn
Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'
Paul's Scarlet English Hawthorn flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
One of the most popular small accent trees for home landscapes; blanketed in showy double red flowers in spring and scarlet fruit in fall; can be susceptible to leaf diseases and quite thorny, best used as a feature tree in the small home landscape
Paul's Scarlet English Hawthorn features showy clusters of red flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy red pomes displayed from early fall to late winter.
Paul's Scarlet English Hawthorn is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Paul's Scarlet English Hawthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Paul's Scarlet English Hawthorn will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.