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Parsley Hawthorn Crataegus marshallii 20 Seeds

Parsley Hawthorn Crataegus marshallii 20 Seeds

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Crataegus marshallii, commonly known as Parsley Hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to the southeastern United States. Here are some key features and characteristics:

Appearance: This deciduous tree typically grows to a height of 15-30 feet (4.5-9 meters) and has a rounded crown with spreading branches. The bark is grayish-brown and becomes rough and scaly with age. The leaves are alternate, simple, and deeply lobed, resembling parsley leaves, hence the common name "Parsley Hawthorn."

Flowers: In spring, Crataegus marshallii produces clusters of white flowers with five petals. These flowers are typically fragrant and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Fruit: Following the flowers, the tree produces small, round, red to orange-red fruit known as haws. These fruits persist through the summer and into the fall, providing a food source for birds and other wildlife. Some cultivars may have larger or differently colored fruit.

Habitat: Crataegus marshallii is commonly found in various habitats, including woodlands, forest edges, and along streams or in wetlands. It tolerates a wide range of soil types but prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Ecological Importance: Like other hawthorn species, Crataegus marshallii provides important habitat and food for wildlife, including birds and small mammals. The dense foliage and thorny branches also offer shelter and nesting sites.

Cultural Significance: While not as widely cultivated as some other hawthorn species, Crataegus marshallii may be planted in native plant gardens or used in landscape restoration projects to support local biodiversity.

Overall, Crataegus marshallii is valued for its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and wildlife-friendly fruit, making it a desirable addition to naturalistic landscapes and conservation efforts in its native range.

 

Growing Instructions

 

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.

 

  1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours.
  2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag.
  3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 4 months.
  4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot.
  5. Sow the seeds on the soil.
  6. Cover the seeds with a layer of soil.
  7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet.
  8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.

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