My hawthorn did not bloom... #252515 - Ask Extension


My hawthorn did not bloom... #252515

Asked June 09, 2015, 8:42 AM EDT

My hawthorn did not bloom this year, why?

Washington County Minnesota

Expert Response

There may be a number of reasons that your Hawthorn did not bloom - 

Has this tree been pruned at all?  Hawthorn flower buds are formed on "old wood" - that is last year's growth.  If you pruned it in the fall, or anytime this spring you will have cut off the flower buds.

Hawthorns are sensitive to droughty conditions.  Although we have had adequate rain this year, the tree may be showing signs of too little water last growing season.  Have you noticed flower buds that haven't grown at all this year?

Do you notice any damage to the bark or root flare?  Are the leaves healthy looking?

I can't say for certain why your tree did not bloom but perhaps your answers to some of these questions will provide some clues.

Mary Courteau Replied June 09, 2015, 9:12 AM EDT

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