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Scarlet Hawthorn

Crataegus pedicellata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crataegus (krah-TEE-gus) (Info)
Species: pedicellata (ped-ih-sel-LAH-ta) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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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:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Valparaiso, Indiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 16, 2017, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

In my old Golden Tree Guide from the 1960's this was listed as being a common species. Its native range is south of Lakes Eire & Huron and more than half way up Lake Michigan into WI into IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, KY, TN to north GA. Another book, the larger Golden Guide to Trees of North America shows it native to all around the Great Lakes, New England, and southeast Canada. Its scientific name should be Crataegus coccinea, that is the older name. Its leaves are 3 to 4" long and shallowly lobed, it has many flowers per cluster, its red fruits are spotted with dark dots, and its thorns are 1 to 2" long.


On May 24, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

In this state of Indiana, this plant is listed as a threatened species. Please don't cut one down! And please plant one if you have the opportunity.

Note: Crataegus pedicellata is a name for a species of Hawthorn that has been shown to be the same as C. coccinea L., common name "Scarlet Hawthorn". Under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, the older name (Crataegus coccinea) should be used. Considerable confusion persists, however, because the name C. coccinea has been misapplied for a long time.