#28 Hybrid Chinese Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida hybrids)

posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:45 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 7:39 AM ]

Hybrid Chinese Hawthorn

Burbank hybrids that bear large clusters of edible, scarlet one-inch fruit in fall--part of experiments to develop hawthorns (related to apples, pears and plums) as hardy orchard fruits.

Burbank sought to develop these into standard orchard fruit much like pears, plums and apples by increasing the size of fruit, working with the flavor, and taking advantage of the plant's over-all sturdiness. This hybrid is another work in progress, introduced posthumously in 1927, but no longer propagated. It might have some decorative value today if it were propagated and marketed.