Hawthorn - Crataegus

Native to USA

Highlighted Species: Washington Hawthorn - Crataegus phaenopyrum, Downy Hawthorn - Crataegus mollis, Cockspur Hawthorn - Crataegus crus-galli

Hawthorn is small deciduous tree ranging from 20 to 35 feet tall, with a 20 to 30-foot spread. Similar to Crabapple, Hawthorn trees produce showy flowers in the spring (which attract insects, hummingbirds) and a fruit (similar in shape, size, and color to Crabapple) in the fall. For these reasons, Hawthorn trees attract a long list of birds. Most species of Hawthorn typically feature thorny stems, making them an attractive nesting/shelter option for many birds. If you are having problems with hawks picking off birds at your feeder, planting a thorny Hawthorn tree near the feeder may alleviate your problem, as the at-risk birds can take refuge in a place where no hawk would dare to dive into.

Birds Most Commonly associated with Hawthorn

American Robin     Brown Thrasher     Cedar Waxwing     Gray Catbird     Northern Cardinal     Northern Mockingbird     Purple Finch    Wild Turkey