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Crusader® Hawthorn

Crataegus crusgalli ‘Crusader'

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A Hardy, Grow-Anywhere Beauty

With abundant white flowers, glossy red fruit and colorful fall foliage, the Crusader Hawthorn adds color and beauty to your yard while resisting disease, pollution and more.


Beauty and color, spring through winter. The Crusader Hawthorn brings profuse white blooms in spring, followed by true-red fruit that adds color to winter landscapes. Plus, with colorful fall foliage that ranges from deep orange-red to purple, the this thornless variety can up your curb appeal year-round.


Adaptable size and naturally great shape. Need to fill in a small spot in your landscape, or plant under utility lines? The Crusader Hawthorn is compact enough to adapt to nearly any area, growing just 15 feet tall and 12-15 feet wide. Its naturally rounded shape and horizontally tiered branches can be maintained with little to no pruning.


Strong enough to withstand nearly any challenge. The hallmark of the Crusader Hawthorn? Its toughness and strength. The Crusader Hawthorn is hardy and tolerant, thriving in wet or dry soil and resistant to disease and even urban pollution. That makes it a great choice for cityscapes, parking lots or sidewalks.

Additional benefits

Attract birds and butterflies. The Crusader Hawthorn's snowy white flowers and bright-red fruit attracts birds, bees and butterflies - great for your yard and the environment.

Plant anywhere. With its signature hardiness, the Crusader Hawthorn is a true plant-anywhere tree. Use it to add life to urban areas, as an accent or plant multiple for hedges/screening.

Year-round color, easy care. Get big visual payoff from spring through winter, with little work on your part. The Crusader Hawthorn's adaptability makes it an easy, low-maintenance pick for your landscape.

Why get your Crusader Hawthorn from FastGrowingTrees.com?

Our Crusader Hawthorn trees are planted and grown at our nursery for months, long before they ship to you. That means you get a well-developed root system (no bare root!) and more mature branching than ever before, and your Crusader Hawthorn will be ready to thrive on day one.

Live in an urban area, or just looking for a easy-maintenance stunner? Our Crusader Hawthorn is an easy choice. With delicate spring flowers, gorgeous fall foliage and hardy winter fruit, the Crusader Hawthorn adds interest and ease to your landscape. Get yours today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: The Crusader Hawthorn can tolerate nearly any soil type but prefers full sun. Place in a spot in your yard that receives full sun.

Once you've selected your location, dig a hole that's large enough to accommodate the root ball, place your tree and backfill with soil. Water the surrounding area to settle the roots.

2. Watering: The Crusader Hawthorn is tolerant of nearly any climate, from wet to dry. If you're not sure when to water, simply check the surrounding soil about 3 inches down and water when dry.

3. Fertilizing: Add a 5-5-5 fertilizer in early spring each year.

4. Pruning: The Crusader Hawthorn will maintain its shape without excessive pruning. Prune as needed to shape or remove dead branches. However, the Crusader Hawthorn blooms on old wood - pruning after bloom will eliminate fruit.

Full Planting & Care Instructions

Product Details

    Mature Height:15 ft.
    Mature Width:12-15 ft.
    Sunlight:Full Sun
    Growth Rate:Moderate
    Harvest Time:September - October
    Botanical Name:Crataegus crusgalli ‘Crusader'
    Does Not Ship To:AZ,CA,ID,OR
    Grows Well In Zones:3-7 outdoors
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    Growing Zones: 3-7 outdoors

    (hardy down to -30℉)

    Customer Reviews & Photos


    Based on 7 reviews

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    I’ve ordered plants and trees by mail many times from many different places. This is my first order from Fast Growing Trees. The tree arrived in the best condition I’ve ever seen for a mail order plant. Healthy, leafed out, and ready to plant. The prices are higher, but it’s money we’ll spent. You get what you pay for.

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    The tree WAS packed with excellence. The instructions to plant the Tree were clear and easy to follow

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    Tree was received in good condition. The packaging had it well protected.

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    Gary K.
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    I couldn't find a local source for a Hawthorne. Found this on line and gave it a try. Mine is currently planted in a container and being acclimated to my zone. The tree arrived healthy and has plenty of new growth since it arrived. I will plant it in the ground once our landscaping is done.

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    Crusader Hawthorn Tree

    The tree arrived in good condition well packed and has been planted. So far so good but it's only been about 2-3 weeks. Very impressed with Fast Growing Trees customer service and quick delivery.

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