Crataegus × lavallei
kra-TEE-gus x la-VAHL-e-i
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous tree, 20-30 ft (6-9 cm), erect, open branching but dense, asymmetric growth habit. Stout thorns, 5 cm long. Leaves simple, about 5-10 cm long, alternate, serrated, but often entire and undulate from middle to base, lustrous dark green above, pubescent below. Flowers white, 1.5 cm wide. Fruit (ca. 2 cm diam.) brick red to orange-red speckled with brown, persists into winter.
- Sun, as adaptable as any hawthorn.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Hybrid between C. stipulacea and C. crus-galli.
- lavallei: after Pierre Lavallèe (1836-1884), founded the Arboretum Segrez, where the tree originated.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east of north entrance to Withycombe Hall.
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