Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis
15 to 25 ft.
15 to 20 ft.
eastern and midwestern US
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 8,000 ft.
An excellent choice for a small, deciduous tree, thornless cockspur hawthorn is a drought tolerant option with three-season interest.
Its branches grow horizontally. Clusters of white flowers appear in spring, followed by dark red berries. Throughout the growing season, it has rounded, glossy green leaves. In fall, the leaves turn bright yellow to orange.
Thornless cockspur hawthorn performs well throughout Colorado Springs. There are two planted at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden that have proven to be trouble-free trees.They are drought-tolerant and resilient to Colorado's changing weather.
Make sure to plant this tree where the branches will have enough space to grow naturally without creating an obstacle. Since its a small tree, it can be challenging to limb up the branches high enough to allow people to walk underneath it.
Prune when young to create a healthy, well-shaped specimen tree. No other maintenance required.