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Littlehip Hawthorn 10 Seeds Crataegus spathulata

Littlehip Hawthorn 10 Seeds Crataegus spathulata

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Crataegus spathulata, commonly known as Littlehip Hawthorn or Spoonleaf Hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn tree or shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. It is native to parts of North America, particularly the southeastern United States. Here are some key features and characteristics of Crataegus spathulata:

Appearance: Crataegus spathulata is a small deciduous tree or shrub that typically grows to a height of about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters). It has an upright or spreading habit. The leaves are distinctive and spoon-shaped (spathulate), which gives rise to its common name "Spoonleaf Hawthorn." The leaves are green and serrated along the edges.

Flowers: The tree produces clusters of small, white or pinkish-white flowers in the spring. The flowers are typically fragrant and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Fruit: The fruit of Crataegus spathulata is a small pome, which is a type of fleshy fruit with a hard central core containing the seeds. The fruit is usually red or orange and can persist on the tree well into the fall, providing a food source for birds and other wildlife.

Wildlife Value: The fruit of Littlehip Hawthorn is an important food source for birds, especially during the colder months when other food may be scarce. The tree also provides shelter and nesting sites for various bird species.

Landscaping: Crataegus spathulata is sometimes used in landscaping and gardening for its ornamental value. Its unique spoon-shaped leaves and attractive flowers can make it a desirable addition to gardens or naturalized landscapes.

Ecological Importance: Like other hawthorn species, Crataegus spathulata can play a role in ecological restoration projects, particularly in areas where native plants are being reintroduced to support local wildlife and ecosystem health.

 

Growing Instructions

 

Cold Stratification: Many hawthorn species, including Crataegus spathulata, benefit from a period of cold stratification to break dormancy and improve germination. Place the cleaned and dried seeds in a plastic bag or container with a slightly moistened substrate, such as peat moss or vermiculite. Seal the bag or container and place it in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 months. This mimics the natural winter conditions the seeds would experience.

Sowing: After cold stratification, sow the seeds in pots or seed trays filled with a well-draining potting mix. Plant the seeds at a depth of about 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Water the soil lightly after sowing.

Germination: Place the pots or trays in a location with indirect light and consistent temperature, preferably around 60-70°F (15-21°C). Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Germination may take several weeks to a few months.

Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed a few true leaves and are large enough to handle, you can transplant them into larger pots or directly into the ground outdoors. Choose a location with well-draining soil and good sunlight.

Care: Water the seedlings regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. Protect them from extreme weather conditions, such as frost, until they are well-established.

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