Dincher & Dincher Tree Surgeons

Featured Tree

Featured Tree

Winter King Hawthorne (Cratageus viridis Winter King)

This small tree makes a striking fruit display throughout the fall and winter months. The abundant red berries will persist until spring or until birds begin to feed on them in late winter. The tree stays under 25 feet in height and 15-20 feet wide. Hawthorns are generally drought and salt tolerant making them versatile in dry areas. The crown is quite dense with thorns present throughout. Caution should be taken when using this plant near pedestrian traffic due to the thorns. A mass planting in a park or natural area is unsurpassed for vibrant color especially on a backdrop of snow. It is also quite showy against a background of evergreens. The dense crown provides good nesting space for birds with the thorns making them safe from predators.

The flowers are also a nice display in early May. The species is a member of the Rosacea (Rose) family and shares some common insect and disease problems. Hawthornes shoukd never be planted near junipers due to Cedar/Hawthorne rust disease.