Russian Hawthorn

Genus: Crataegus ambigua

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness Zone: Zones 2-10

Requirements: Full sun, moderate water.

Zoo Location: African Rift Valley

Characteristics: Native to Southeastern Russia this plant is extremely cold-hardy and well suited to our climate. In spring, clusters of 1 inch white flowers appear after the leaves are out. In summer and fall the fruit resembles tiny red apples. These large shrubs or small trees typically grow vase-shaped and mature at 15 to 25 feet tall and 25 to 35 feet wide. Copper bark and a unique silhouette give this plant year-round interest. Like other plants in the rose family, Russian Hawthorn needs well drained soil.

Did you Know? Its flowers attract bees and its fruit attracts birds.