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RE: /bottle brush/ now hawthorn

Just keep in mind the sub-word "thorn" in Hawthorn.  They have some deadly
thorns, especially in spring before the leaves come out in full leaf!  They
are a "scrap" tree here and self seed in any open ground they can find.
They do have lovely flowers in the spring when they bloom.  The several at
the border of our property do not bloom every year.  They do grow rapidly,
though!  I'm sure the ones we have here are "wild" versions and perhaps
those purchased through a reputable nursery might have more endearing

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) Where we got up to a whopping 9 F. today!  (No
gardening today--except garden shows on TV!)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Theresa
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 12:18 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] /bottle brush/ now hawthorn

Somehow I totally missed the change in topic to the hawthorn- but checked
out the link- it is really a lovely tree.  Someday the Modesto Ash in my
front yard will croak, and I'd love to replace it with other more attactive
and less pest-prone trees.  Also, having a true deciduous tree would be
nice-  this deal of dropping part of it's leaves for months at a time is
crazy.  Our front looks like a disaster from Nov- April.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Betsy Kelson
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 6:56 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] update on garden/bottle brush

HEllo Donna,

    I had a beautiful Winter King growing outside the garden Center window
in Terre Haute In. The robins and cedar waxwings loved the huge clusters of
red-orange berries. In fact the waxwing flock cleaned the entire tree in
about 15 minutes.

I think this is a great tree.

only 1 1/2" of snow from the weekend boo hoo
> On the deciduous end, Chris wrote a Plant of the Month article about
> Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'  (hawthorn) that makes it sound a
> most interesting plant if you wanted to use something more tree like
> - and I think hawthorns can be pruned to hedges as well.   I don't
> know if birds like the berrys, but it sure seems a 4-season plant.
> I've never grown one; can't actually say I've ever seen one; don't
> think they like my climate.
> http://www.hort.net/profile/ros/craviwk/
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Editor:  Gardening in Shade

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