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PlantFiles: Apple Hawthorn, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn
Crataegus aestivalis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crataegus (krah-TEE-gus) (Info)
Species: aestivalis (ee-STIV-ah-liss) (Info)

Synonym:Crataegus luculenta
Synonym:Crataegus maloides

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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)
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

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

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

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive malakai On Feb 23, 2014, malakai from Hampton, FL wrote:

I bought my first mayhaw plant at a garden center locally, and within a season, it died down below the graft. For 2-3 years, it died down below the ground, basically acting like a perennial. It finally started growing and growing and growing and has done well ever since. I've since planted several other mayhaw cultivars, both eastern and western, and haven't had a bit of problems from them. Mayhaws make some of the best tasting jelly there is. If you've never tasted mayhaw jelly, I would say it tastes like a cross between crabapple and cranberry jelly. Of course, everyone's palate is different. The biggest problem you're going to have with mayhaws is the suckering. Many people work diligently for the first few years to create a mayhaw with a single trunk so that it's more like a small-medium tree than a tall, bushy shrub. They are good for wet, shady areas, where very little in the way of fruit will grow. Plant at least two (separate cultivars or seedlings) for pollination. Don't plant near field lines, as the roots grow long and are tough.

Positive pestee42 On Apr 17, 2009, pestee42 from Molino, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

These trees are known for their fruit which makes a delicious jelly. Also attractive for the landscape when in bloom.

Neutral JodyC On Jan 22, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Eye stratches from thorns can cause blindness.


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

Atmore, Alabama
Shirley, Arkansas
Hampton, Florida
Molino, Florida
Newberry, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Hinesville, Georgia
Sterlington, Louisiana
Bivins, Texas

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