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Seedling Mayhaw is a large shrub or small tree that is native to the lowlands and wetlands. The fruit can be enjoyed fresh, dried as fruit leather, preserved in jams or jellies, in cooking and baking, and as wine or flavoring for beer or other ferments.
About Seedling Mayhaw
Seedling Mayhaw is a large shrub or small tree that is native to the lowlands and wetlands of the Deep South of the U.S. It is most well known for the coral-colored jelly made from the small red berries. The fruit can be enjoyed fresh, dried as fruit leather, preserved in jams or jellies, in cooking and baking, and as wine or flavoring for beer or other ferments. The tree can also be used as a windbreak, an erosion control and pollution-tolerant plant, and it is drought and flood-tolerant. While it prefers full sun, it can grow in the shade as an understory plant. On top of that, it is a rather beautiful tree. Now, it does have a narrow natural range, but considering its tolerance, adaptability, and its ease of hybridization with other Hawthorn species, this is a tree that is just waiting for development into other growing areas.
Almost 40 years ago James Sherwood Akin, a retired Louisiana merchant who was an avid gardener and amateur botanist, transplanted a single Mayhaw seedling from the wild and developed an orchard of over 1,000 trees. He continued his work until he died in 2007, at the age of 89. His work attracted the attention of Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. Because of Sherwood and the knowledge he gained and shared, there are a number of commercial operations and a growing hobby market for the Mayhaw. He is known as the man who brought the Mayhaw out of the swamp and into the orchard.
Latin Name: Crataegus aestivalis
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Light: 1/2 day to full sun
Pollination: Plant two varieties for cross-pollination and heavier crops. Pollinated by midges and flies.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft.
Bloom Time: March
Harvest Time: April-May
Rootstock: Own roots
Yield: 30+ lbs
Forest Garden Use: Understory Layer, Shrub Layer, Wetland Land
1 gallon, 1 quart, 2 gallon, 3 gallon, 5 gallon, Bareroot
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A guide to choosing the right size
1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.
Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.
1 Gallon & larger = Container grown or bare root plants (planted in containers while dormant) and can be planted all year round. Nursery standard container size (also called #1). The size refers to the amount of soil that the container holds which is slightly less than 1 gallon. Please note that at the moment we do not ship gallon and larger plants.