Crataegus aestivalis

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May Haw, Apple Haw


Plant Specifics

Size:25-30 ft tall by 35-40 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant or wildlife planting for moist areas. Screen plant. Suggested by IFAS as a median planting or buffer planting for roadways.
Propagation:Seed. Sow fresh but may require a year or more to sprout.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Apparently less interesting as a wildlife food tree than some other haws. 


Larval food for hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)and blinded sphinx (Paonias excaecata).

Attracts pollinators, especially important for native bees.

Native Habitats:In and near pools and small ponds, floodplains, swamps, especially where water stands much of the time.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:The various sources have conflicting opinions on the fruit and its uses.