A closeup of the Crimson Cloud Hawthorn's vibrant dark pink to red blooms with a bright white and yellow center against the bright green foliage.
A closeup of the bright green leaves of the Crimson Cloud Hawthorn against a white background.
A closeup of the cherry red berries hanging on the branch of a Crimson Cloud Hawthorn with ice frozen on them.
A closeup of the bright cherry red berries of the Crimson Cloud Hawthorn hanging on the branches while covered in snow.
A closeup of the Crimson Cloud Hawthorn's vibrant dark pink to red blooms with a bright white and yellow center against the bright green foliage.
A closeup of the bright green leaves of the Crimson Cloud Hawthorn against a white background.
A closeup of the cherry red berries hanging on the branch of a Crimson Cloud Hawthorn with ice frozen on them.
A closeup of the bright cherry red berries of the Crimson Cloud Hawthorn hanging on the branches while covered in snow.

Crimson Cloud Hawthorn

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'

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  • In spring, double pink or crimson-red blossoms blanket the branches while sitting atop the bright green new foliage
  • Each flower releases a lovely floral fragrance 
  • Foliage is a glossy dark green with lobed leaves that create a dense canopy 
  • After the flowering period, inedible small red berries emerge and ripen in fall as a tasty snack for birds and other small animals
  • As fall approaches, the leaves will turn shades of orange, red, or purple, adding seasonal interest 
  • Not completely thornless, but significantly less than other Hawthorns
  • A perfect addition to wildlife gardens, as a specimen tree, or near your back patio to enjoy all it has to offer
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 20-25' Tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' Wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 15-20'

Why plant Crimson Cloud Hawthorn?

Crimson Cloud Hawthorn is an undiscovered gem. Once you see it in bloom, you’ll wonder why there isn’t one on every block! You might start a trend when your neighbors see this small ornamental tree in your yard in late spring with its sweet red blossoms—each stamped with a bright white star. In fall, you and your family will be treated to a display of showy red berries that will feed hungry birds. Tough and durable, this adaptable tree makes a fine choice for urban gardens as well as for homes in the country and anyplace in between.

The name Hawthorn was given to trees and shrubs known for their small fruits (sometimes called “haws”) and their thorny branches. However, Crimson Cloud has almost no thorns at all. The greatest reward of this hawthorn is the beautiful clusters of red and white flowers as well as the red fruit that attracts birds – like the Cedar Waxwing. Hawthorns are native to most of Europe, and over thousands of years, Hawthorn myths have woven themselves into the fabric of daily life there. They have been said to bring good luck and bad and have been associated with love, death, marriage, fertility, slaying vampires, and luck in fishing! The Celts believed that sitting under a Hawthorn on May Day could get you spirited away to the Fairy World forever (don’t say we didn’t warn you). Crimson Cloud emerged in 1966 from the now defunct Princeton Nurseries of New Jersey.

How to use Crimson Cloud Hawthorn in the landscape?

You'll be wandering around with your head in the clouds once you see the superb spring floral display of this Hawthorn! This "almost thornless" Crimson Cloud provides you with large clusters of small red flowers with white centers, dark green leaves through summer and glossy red fruit in fall. Crimson Cloud Hawthorns are more disease resistant than other red flowering Hawthorns and one spiffy tree to include in your garden, whether as a cornerstone tree to your home or tucked in along the woods' edge!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How To Plant Crimson Cloud Hawthorn

When choosing a spot to plant your Hawthorn, pick a spot that will receive full sun, moist soil, and don’t plant it too close to other trees. Good air circulation and proper all-around maintenance of your Hawthorn will help reduce the chance of pests and diseases. Pests, such as aphids and Japanese Beetles, and diseases, such as rust, can pester Crimson Cloud Hawthorns if proper tree care is not achieved.

How To Water

After planting, you should give your new Hawthorn a deep and thorough watering. Do so slowly to ensure that the root ball is fully saturated and the roots are able to absorb water. For the first growing season, you should water ever two to four days, more so in the heat of summer or under drought conditions. As fall approaches, you can lessen your watering to every four to six days, stopping in winter. Mildly drought tolerant, you should assist with water if drought conditions are continuous.

How To Fertilize

When planting, we recommend that you use the Bower & Branch Starter Plant Food - simply mix it in the hole before the tree is placed and then again as you create the care bed. Continue application each spring and fall for at least the first three years to ensure your tree has the proper nutrients needed to establish itself.

How To Prune

When it comes to pruning, prune your hawthorn every year for the first 3 or 4 years - this will help to improve the overall shape of your tree. The ideal time to do so is when it is dormant, in late winter to early spring. Remove any damaged or dead branches, as well as those that are crossing to open up the canopy. After the first few years of pruning, you may also prune when needed to maintain its shape as it matures, just be sure to prune after your hawthorn is done flowering - that is most certainly a show you don't want to miss!

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

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Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

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At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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