Parsley Hawthorn

Common name(s): Parsley Hawthorn

Scientific name: Crataegus marshallii

Plant family: ROSACEAE

Origin: Native

Description: is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a rounded crown. It is characterized by its deeply lobed, parsley-like leaves, which give the plant its common name. In spring, the shrub produces clusters of white flowers, followed by small, red to black fruits. The bark is often grayish-brown and develops a scaly texture with age.

Growing Conditions: This hawthorn species prefers well-drained soils and is adaptable to various soil types. It thrives in full to partial sunlight. Parsley Hawthorn is often found in woodlands, open woods, and along streams. It is tolerant of a range of environmental conditions, including some degree of drought.

Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The fruits provide a food source for birds and other wildlife. Additionally, the dense branching structure of the shrub offers shelter and nesting sites for birds, contributing to local biodiversity.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: G7

Additional Information: is named for its distinctive parsley-like leaves, adding a unique aesthetic element to landscapes. Like other hawthorns, it has been used in traditional medicine for various purposes. The plant’s adaptability and wildlife-friendly attributes make it a valuable addition to naturalistic plantings and ecological restoration projects.