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PlantFiles: Parsley Hawthorn, Parsley Haw
Crataegus marshallii

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crataegus (krah-TEE-gus) (Info)
Species: marshallii (mar-SHALL-ee-eye) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Fires_in_motion On Oct 23, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a quite thorny shrub / small tree. I've seen large ones (~20 gal. pots) selling for about $150, so they must grow slowly and be hard to find. I had a bad experience with my mayhaw, so I'm hoping this species will be easier to keep, and not as susceptible to fungal leaf problems and aphids. In any case, I plan to grow mine in a pot for several years and then probably give it away, so I won't have to worry about it being a huge thorny obstacle in the yard.
You can see several (and lots of seedlings with their unmistakable foliage) growing at Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, LA. They are all growing in pretty much full shade under oaks, pines, magnolias, etc.; I'm not sure how much direct sun they can take.

Positive princessnonie On Jul 10, 2006, princessnonie from New Caney, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is native in this part of Texas (Pineywoods)
It has beautiful foliage and flowers but may get web worms in the Fall. The foliage is parsley -like in appearance, the blooms are dainty and white..They are part of the understory in the forests here..


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

Morrilton, Arkansas
Jacksonville, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Mandeville, Louisiana
Natchez, Mississippi
Belton, Texas
Colmesneil, Texas
Midland, Texas
New Caney, Texas

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