Russian Hawthorns are one of the most drought-tolerant trees on our list. Again, establishing these trees with two seasons of normal watering will get their root systems healthy and strong enough to withstand dry conditions.
Susan, one of Tagawa’s Nursery Professionals, highly recommends Russian Hawthorn. It was the first tree she nominated for our list!
Russian Hawthorns mature at 15 to 20 feet tall and wide with an upright oval form and slightly spreading lower branches.
These hawthorns have beautiful, finely-cut, dark green leaves, turning yellow in the fall. The white flowers emerge in clusters in late spring. They mature into richly-colored dark red berries late in the season.
The tree’s bark is a golden yellow that exfoliates or peels naturally. The bark, combined with the berries, create excellent “winter interest.” The tree is a great addition to any landscape, even after the leaves have fallen for the season.
Russian Hawthorns are a medium-fast grower. They do have some thorns, as their name implies.