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What can you tell my about a washington hawthorn?
Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) is a small tree that can grow to 30 feet. This North American native is hardy in Zones 4-8. The tree shouldn't interfere with your power lines unless they are low. Washington hawthorn grows at a slow to medium rate, so it should be a while before it reaches mature height. If possible, transplant Washington hawthorn in spring so its roots have a chance to become established before winter. Plant Washington hawthorn in full sun and well-drained soil. After it is established, it requires little water and tolerates alkaline soils and salt spray from nearby streets. Like other members of the rose family, some Washington hawthorn varieties are susceptible to insects and disease. Nevertheless, the trees are prized because of their four-season interest. The tree produces small white flowers in spring and edible red or orange berries in autumn. The foliage has burgundy tones in autumn too. It's an ideal tree for attracting songbirds.