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Round-Leaved Hawthorn

$15.00

Latin Name: Crataegus rotundifolia

DESCRIPTION

Family: Rosaceae

Native Range: Native to western Canada.

Seed Source: Round-leaved hawthorn shelterbelt, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

Height and Spread: 3m x 2m (25 years)

Overview: Found in open coulees and bottomlands. This is a hardy shrub excellent for agroforestry applications. This is an improved seed strain developed for cold, dry climates.

Fruits: Fruit is 1.5 cm in diameter, turning fleshy and bright red when mature in late August. About 25 seeds per gram.

SEED TREATMENT / SOWING

Stratification: Stratify in moist sand (10 percent moisture) for 90 days at 20°C followed by 180 days at 5°C.

Ideal sowing time: Non-pretreated seed outdoors in July (will germinate the following spring) or stratified seed in spring.

Sowing instructions: Sow 1 cm deep, 30 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: Loggerhead grows well on most soils except those that are excessively wet, or dry, or soils affected by high pH or salinity

AGROFORESTRY VALUE

Round-leaved hawthorn is used in farmstead and field shelterbelts, Eco-Buffers, and wildlife habitat plantings. The vigorous, dense growth makes it useful for shelterbelts and screening. The attractive form, foliage, and flowering are of ornamental value. Many song and game birds utilize this tree for food and habitat.