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Dotted Hawthorn Flowering Tree 20 Seeds Crataegus punctata USA Company

Dotted Hawthorn Flowering Tree 20 Seeds Crataegus punctata USA Company

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Crataegus punctata, commonly known as "dotted hawthorn," is a species of hawthorn tree or shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is native to eastern North America and can be found growing in various habitats, including woodlands, meadows, and along roadsides. Here are some key characteristics and information about Crataegus punctata:
Leaves: The leaves of Crataegus punctata are deciduous, meaning they fall off in the autumn. They are often lobed and have serrated edges. The leaves are arranged alternately on the branches.
Flowers: Dotted hawthorn produces clusters of white or pinkish flowers in late spring to early summer. These flowers are typically small and have a characteristic hawthorn shape with five petals.
Fruits: The fruit of Crataegus punctata is a small, round or oval pome. Pomes are similar to berries, but they have a core with multiple seeds. In the case of hawthorns, the pomes are often referred to as "haws." The haws of Crataegus punctata are yellow or yellowish-green with distinct dark dots, which gives the species its common name "dotted hawthorn."
Thorns: Like many other hawthorn species, Crataegus punctata is armed with thorns or spines along its branches. These thorns serve as a defense mechanism against herbivores.
Ecological Importance:
Dotted hawthorn plays a role in providing food and habitat for various wildlife species. The fruits (haws) are consumed by birds, including thrushes and cedar waxwings. These birds help disperse the seeds, contributing to the plant's propagation. Additionally, the thorny branches can provide shelter for small animals and nesting sites for birds.

Growing Instructions

2. Seed Preparation: Dotted hawthorn seeds benefit from a process called stratification, which mimics the natural winter conditions they would experience in their native habitat. Stratification helps break seed dormancy and enhances germination. Here's how to do it:
Place the cleaned hawthorn seeds in a plastic bag or container with moistened vermiculite or peat moss.
Seal the container and place it in the refrigerator for a period of 60-90 days. This cold stratification process is essential for proper germination.
3. Germination: After the stratification period, you can start the germination process:
Fill seed trays or small pots with a well-draining potting mix.
Plant the stratified seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in the soil.
Water the soil to keep it consistently moist but not waterlogged.
4. Temperature and Light: Place the seed trays or pots in a cool, bright location with indirect sunlight. A temperature of around 60-70°F (15-21°C) is suitable for germination.
5. Germination Time: Germination can take several weeks to a few months, as hawthorn seeds can be slow to sprout.
6. Transplanting: Once the seedlings have grown a few inches tall and have developed a few sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden.


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