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Crataegus chrysocarpa

Crataegus chrysocarpa Ashe

Fireberry Hawthorn

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: crch

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Many-branched shrub or small tree with a broad, rounded crown.

The scientific name of Fireberry Hawthorn means "golden fruit," although the fruit is commonly dark red and rarely yellow.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Fruit Type: Pome
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Fruit: Red.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AL , CO , CT , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Alberta east to Newfoundland, south to Virginia, west to Missouri, and north to South Dakota; south in western mountains to New Mexico; also Georgia to Mississippi ; to 2000' (610 m), higher in the West.
Native Habitat: Moist valleys.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Crataegus chrysocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Crataegus chrysocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Crataegus chrysocarpa


Record Modified: 2023-05-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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