Green Hawthorn

Crataegus viridis


Other Names:
Southern Thorn, Southern Hawthorn, Winter King (cultivar)


The Green Hawthorn is a native tree found in Northern Virginia and a few other areas of the state. It grows to be 20-to-30 feet tall, and its berries are reddish-orange. It attracts many species of butterflies, and it is the larval host of numerous species of hairstreaks. Waxwings, chickadees, waxwings, mimic thrushes, sparrows, and other types of birds eat the berries. A cultivar is a plant developed from a natural species and maintained under cultivation. A cultivar of the Green Hawthorn is called the Winter King, and it is very popular as a colorful ornamental planting in many parts of the country.

Identification Tools

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