Crataegus 'Autumn Glory'
Autumn Glory Hawthorn
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 10-15 ft (3-6 m), twiggy, dense, rounded, wide branching, 2.5 cm thorns, but not many. Leaves simple, alternate, about 7 cm long, glossy green, rounded, 3-5 lobed, serrulate, of variable size. Flowers white, about 15-20 mm wide, 15-20 stamens, 2 styles. Fruit (haws) large (2.5 cm long), bright red, abundant, remain on tree well into winter.
- Jacobson (1996, p. 157) states that its "flowers don't stink" (i.e., they don't have the characteristic "crateagus" odor). Many would disagree with that assessment!! He also states that the fruit are "good eating".
- Sun, grows very well here, but not in east. Susceptible to fire blight.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Possibly a hybrid of, but less hardy than, C. laevigata. According to Jacobson (1996) it is a seedling of Crataegus mexicana found in the 1940s in the San Francisco East Bay area and planted to a garden in Los Altos. First sold by a California nurseryman in 1944 as 'Crimson Glory', a reference to the red fruit.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: many along walk south of the East Greenhouse.