Crataegus punctata

Crataegus punctata - dotted haw


Dotted haw was grown in Finland during the period of autonomy under the Russian Czars (i.e. up to Independence in 1917), but has since been forgotten and has almost completely disappeared. Seed was collected by the Mustila expedition of 1996 from northern parts of New York State, striking the eye of the collectors with its unusual light green obovate foliage, which made it stand out in the landscape. This colour is most striking in spring when the new foliage flushes emerald green on the ash-grey thorny branches.