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Washington Hawthorn vs Cloudberry

Crataegus phaenopyrum

Rubus chamaemorus

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Washington Hawthorn
Cloudberry

Washington Hawthorn is an attractive ornamental shrub that is dense enough to plant as a privacy screen. It produces clusters of white blooms in late spring to early summer.

Washington Hawthorn's red berries last throughout winter, bringing squirrels and birds to your property. In the fall, its foliage turns beautiful orange, scarlet, or purple.

One of the most overlooked trees on the prairies. This tree is often used as rootstock, a wildlife attractor, or a boulevard hedge. Give this one a second look.

This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.

Please note: this plant is poisonous to dogs.

Cloudberry produces berries which taste tart and tangy with a sweet, floral hint. The berries have a creamy texture when overripe. They are often used to make jams, juices, and liquors. The berries are a pale red colour and when ripe turn more orange/amber. They do not grow very tall, generally reaching only 10-25 cm.

Cloudberry has distinct male and female plants. In order to produce berries, both must be present and pollinate with each other. Berries are produced at maturity, typically 5-7 years, and produce 1 berry per stem. The plant spreads naturally as they grow using modified underground stems (rhizomes), forming more plants over time in the same area.

This plant can be found wild in Canada’s boreal forest. In Newfoundland and Labrador, this plant is known as the Bakeapple and is a significant regional food. Similarly the Côte-Nord region of Quebec also has a long history of using this berry.

Note: Cloudberries require very specific soil conditions. They need well-drained soil with a pH between 3.5 and 5.0. Also sensitive to salt and dry conditions.

Note: Our seedlings are grown from seed and are too young to identify their sex.

WASHINGTON HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

CLOUDBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: orange, scarlet or purple
Fall colour: orange, yellow
Berries: small, red
Berries: irregular, yellow to orange
Harvest: September to October.
Flowers: white flowers in spring
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: washington thorn
Other Names: baked apple berry, cloud berry