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Lavallei Crataegus x lavalleei

Phonetic Spelling
krah-TEE-gus la-VAHL-lay-ee
Description

Lavalle Hawthorn is a small tree in the rose family that is a hybrid between two hawthorns founded the Arboretum Segrez in France. It will grow 15- 30 feet tall with a dense rounded to irregular form. It may also grow as a multi-stemmed shrub. White flowers occur in spring in clusters with a not so pleasant fragrance and are followed by red-orange berries in the fall that persist into winter. The leaves have good bronzy-red fall colors. Branches have thorns up to 2 inches long.

Plant this tree in average well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It will tolerate most soil types except wet ones and is drought tolerant once established. Use as a small flowering shade tree or as a hedge or barrier. The thorns prevent it from being used in walkways or children's areas.

Pests and diseases are a problem with most hawthorns although Lavelle Hawthorn is reported to have good resistance to rusts and fireblight. Other potential diseases include fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, cankers, apple scab, leaf blight and twig blight. Potential insect pests include aphids, borers, caterpillars, lacebugs, leafminers, spider mites and scale. 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#low flammability#fire resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#low flammability#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crataegus
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Edibility:
    Berries are edible but not so good.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Oval
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Thorns
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    3/8 inch oval brick red to orange-red fruit with brown specks persists into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    White flowers in spring in 3 inch corymbs.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-4"dark glossy dark green leaves turn bronzy to coppery-red in fall. Margins can be entire, serrated or wavy. Undersides are pubescent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Flowering Tree
    Hedge
    Shade Tree
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Fire