This vigorous and ornamental variety bears abundant crops of large, 1″ diameter, bright red fruit with red flesh. We like to call it Big Red.
An attractive, pest and disease resistant, shrub or small tree, Big Red Mayhaw is prized for its profuse, fragrant, white flowers and large clusters of brilliantly colored fruit. Mayhaw fruit can be bright red or yellow and is about the size of a cranberry with the taste and texture of crabapple. Mayhaw fruit ripens in early summer and is eaten fresh and used to make scrumptious preserves, condiments and wine.
Mayhaw likes full to half day sun, well-drained soil and can grow to 10ft. in height at maturity. It blooms in March and is partially self-fertile. Planting two varieties will likely produce heavier crops, up to 50 lbs. of fruit per tree. Maybe often begins bearing the 2nd year after planting and is hard to minus 25 degrees F..
Latin Name: Crataegus opaca
Site and Soil: Mayhaw likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Mayhaw is partially self-fertile. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination and heavier crops.
Hardiness:Mayhaw is hardy to minus 25 F. or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: Early to mid-summer
Yield: 60 lbs. +
Pests & Diseases: Mayhaw is not bothered by pests or diseases in the Northwest
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: Not listed
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed