Crataegus aestivalis

Photo by Shirley Denton. Photograph belongs to the photographer who allows use for FNPS purposes only. Please contact the photographer for all other uses.

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant or wildlife planting for moist areas. Screen plant. Suggested by IFAS as a median planting or buffer planting for roadways.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



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.