NH State Forest Nursery

HawthornCrataegus spp

A large shrub 10 to 40' tall with similar crown spread. Non-native plant species are offered as alternative choices because of their benefit to wildlife and for their utility uses such as erosion control and site reclamation. Disclaimer: these plants are intended primarily for wildlife and songbird use. Some species may contain toxins harmful to humans if consumed.


Prefers moist, well-drained soil and grows best in full sun.


Recommended uses include windbreaks, hedge rows and wildlife plantings such as woodland edges, openings, and log yards.

Wildlife Value:

Provides winter food food for mammals including ruffed grouse, pheasant, gray fox, cottontail rabbits, and whitetail deer; preferred by songbirds for nesting due to dense branching habit. Nesting: songbirds.


Fruit persistent through winter.

Seed Source:

New Hampshire

Seedling Details
Age Comment per 10 per 25 per 100 per 500 per 1000
2 yr 6-12" $15 $25 $80 N/A N/A

Low inventory as of January 31, 2020

Available in the Winter Survival Package.

photo of hawthorn seedling


photo of hawthorn courtesy of dr. michael dirr


photo of mature hawthorn shrubs

Mature Shrubs

photo of hawthorn in bloom


NH State Forest Nursery | Division of Forest and Lands
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 796-2323  |  fax: (603) 271-6488