Botanical Name: Crataegus x lavallei
Common Name: Lavalle Hawthorn  
Plant photo of: Crataegus x lavallei
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color

Green, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Shrub Border, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

Lavelle hawthorn is more upright the the other trees of this genus, growing 15 to 30 feet tall and 12 to 20 feet wide. It has dark, glossy green leaves that last late into the fall before turning a bronzy crimson color. White spring flowers are followed by an abundance of glossy red fruit that persist into the winter. Mature bark is a warm brown and exfoliating, while younger wood is bright green. Fewer thorns than with other trees of this genus.
Hawthorns grow in full sun to part shade, in any well drained soil. They tolerate clay, loamy, or sandy soils; pH adaptive. Very twiggy; prune in late winter to early spring when structure is most apparent (see Guides); shearing makes them more twiggy.