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PlantFiles: Ohio Pioneer Dotted Hawthorn
Crataegus punctata var. inermis 'Ohio Pioneer'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crataegus (krah-TEE-gus) (Info)
Species: punctata var. inermis
Cultivar: Ohio Pioneer

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive slyperso1 On May 30, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very ornamental plant, flowering and fruiting abundantly. Fruit are eatable

Insect/Disease Factors: resistant to fireblight, susceptible to cedar-hawthorn rust and mildew

Form/Habit: round, strongly horizontal branching structure, multi-stem forms may be available, should specify single-stem tree form, Medium growth Rate.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower: abundant, large white clusters, spring
Fruit: showy, dark red, often dotted white, drop in fall
Seasonal Foliage Color: gray-green in summer, purplish-red in fall
Bark: not ornamentally important, silver-gray
Other: essentially thornless.
Wood - heavy, hard, tough, close-grained. Useful for making tool handles, mallets and other small items.

The flowers have foetid a smell somewhat like decaying fish. This attracts midges which are the main means of fertilization. When freshly open, the flowers have more pleasant scent with balsamic undertones.

Transplant Issues: difficult to transplant B&B, somewhat slow to establish.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Akron, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio

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