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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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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..