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Round-Leaved Hawthorn Seed


Latin Name: Crataegus rotundifolia


Family: Rosaceae

Native Range: Native to western Canada.

Seed Source: Natural stand near Cypress Hills 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 adapted to cold, dry climates.

Fruits: Fruit is 1.5 cm in diameter, turning fleshy and bright red when mature in late August.

Average number of seeds/packet: 250


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


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.