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Can You Graft Mayhaws – Tips For Grafting A Mayhaw Tree

By Teo Spengler

Can you graft mayhaws? Yes, you can, and many of the mayhaw cultivars are grafted onto other mayhaw rootstocks. For more information about mayhaw grafting, including tips on how to graft a mayhaw, simply click on the following article.

Cedar Quince Rust Of Mayhaw Trees: Symptoms Of Mayhaw Cedar Rust

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Mayhaw cedar quince rust is a common problem on these plants. It affects fruits, stems and leaves and is considered extremely destructive. A few management strategies can help reduce the incidence of rust on mayhaw. Click here to learn more.

Mayhaw Propagation – Learn How To Propagate A Mayhaw Tree

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Mayhaw trees are attractive, midsize specimens with spectacular springtime blooms. Small, round mayhaw fruits are prized for making delicious jams, jellies, syrup and wine. If you’re wondering how to propagate a mayhaw, search no further! This article will help.

Mayhaw Tree Complications: Common Problems With Mayhaw Trees

By Liz Baessler

The mayhaw is a little known and little grown fruiting tree native to the southern United States. If you want mayhaw fruits, it’s important to have a healthy mayhaw tree. Learn more about common problems with mayhaw trees and how to troubleshoot mayhaw issues here.

Mayhaw Seed Sowing – Learn When To Plant Mayhaw Seeds

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Mayhaw is a small tree native to the southern United States that produces a small fruit. Traditionally, the fruit is used to make jelly or wine. It also makes a great flowering ornamental. Growing mayhaw from seed is a simple way to propagate this tree. Learn more here.

Mayhaw Tree Varieties: Learn About Different Kinds Of Mayhaw Fruit Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Mayhaw trees are native to the swampy, lowland areas of the southern United States. Small, round mayhaw fruits, similar to small crabapples, are prized for making delicious jams, jellies, syrup and wine. Learn about popular types of mayhaw fruit trees here.

Mayhaw Uses: Learn How To Use Mayhaw Fruit

By Amy Grant

Aside from the tree’s attractiveness to wildlife, mayhaw uses are primarily culinary, although the tree is quite ornamental when in bloom. If you can get your hands on some of this native fruit, click this article to find out what to do with mayhaws.

When To Pick Mayhaws: Tips For Harvesting Mayhaw Fruit

By Teo Spengler

Mayhaws are trees in the hawthorn family. They produce small round fruit that look like miniature crabapples. If you have mayhaws in your backyard, you might want to get ready for mayhow picking time. Click this article for tips on when and how to harvest mayhaw.

Mayhaw Fruit Trees: Learn How To Grow A Mayhaw Tree

By Teo Spengler

You may never have heard of a mayhaw, let alone considered growing mayhaws in your backyard. But this native tree is a species of hawthorn with edible fruit. If the idea of planting mayhaw fruit trees interests you, then click here for more information.

Is My Mayhaw Tree Sick: Common Diseases Of Mayhaw Trees

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Many gardeners enjoy growing unique native fruits as a means to enhance their gardens and build natural habitat for wildlife. However, some of these, like mayhaw, are susceptible to various diseases. So, if you’re asking, “why is my mayhaw tree sick,” this article should help.

Mayhaw Cutting Propagation: Propagating Mayhaw With Cuttings

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Many hard-to-find fruit trees, such as the mayhaw, are easily propagated through stem cuttings. Rooted stem cuttings are an easy way to expand the garden. So, if you want a simple way to add mayhaws to your fruit tree garden, learn how to root their cuttings here.

Mayhaw Pruning Tips – When And How To Prune Mayhaw Trees

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Perhaps, you grow a mayhaw tree for the fruit. Maybe you have these trees growing wild near your pond and enjoy the showy spring blooms. Whatever the case, trimming mayhaws at some point may become crucial. Click this article to learn more.

Treating For Mayhaw Pests – Solutions To Mayhaw Insect Problems

By Amy Grant

Animals find mayhaws irresistible as well, but how about bugs that eat mayhaw? Deer and rabbits are mayhaw pests that can destroy a tree in no time, but does the mayhaw get insect problems? Click this article to learn about pests of mayhaw.

Washington Hawthorn Care – Learn How To Grow Washington Hawthorn Trees

By Teo Spengler

Washington hawthorn trees are cultivated for their showy flowers, bright-colored fruit and lovely fall colors. A relatively small tree, Washington hawthorn makes a nice addition to a backyard or garden. Click here for tips on how to grow Washington hawthorn trees.

Cockspur Hawthorn Info: Learn How To Grow Cockspur Hawthorn Trees

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Cockspur hawthorn trees are small flowering trees that are most notable and recognizable for their long thorns, growing up to three inches (8 cm.). In spite of its thorniness, this type of hawthorn is desirable because it is attractive and can be used for hedging. Learn more here.

Trimming Hawthorn Trees – How And When To Prune Hawthorns

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Although serious pruning is not required, you can prune your hawthorn tree to keep it looking neat throughout the season. Read this article for hawthorn pruning info should you decide to trim this tree.

Landscape Use

The compact cultivars of Indian hawthorn are suitable for use as foundation shrubs, while larger cultivars may be used for hedges, mass plantings or screening.

Indian hawthorns are sensitive to cold damage and should be sited in protected areas if grown in the upper part of South Carolina.

Plants prefer sun, although they will grow in partial shade. Indian hawthorn prefers moist, well-drained soil, but established shrubs will tolerate drought. It is tolerant of salt spray and sandy soils and is a good choice for coastal areas.

Pruning is rarely necessary. If pruning is needed it should be done just after bloom.

Harvesting sloes

It is very easy to harvest sloes from the blackthorn but, be careful, these fruits only really have any value if harvested at exactly the right time.

Sloe is astringent and bitter and doesn’t have much culinary value if harvested too early.

  • Wait for a couple fall frost spells to occur before collecting the sloes.
  • The sloe must be mush, with wilted skin: this is when it is at its best.
  • Harvest sloes together with medlar. Both are best when over-ripe. This is called bletting.

Keeping sloes

Sloes will keep for a short while if dried out in the sun, but best is to freeze them and thaw right before cooking.


Numerous pests often afflict the hawthorn tree. Aphid colonies enjoy taking up residence on the tree's new growth. The pear slug skeletonizes the foliage of the tree. Spider mites enjoy feeding off the sap of the tree. Hosing the tree off with water often helps to remove the aphids, spider mites and pear slugs. Borers pose a problem for weak or ill-kept trees. Tent caterpillars often form large webs in the tree, but pruning out the infected areas safely controls the insects. Scales often appear on the stems of the tree. Applying horticultural oil to the tree safely controls scale infestations.

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