Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington Hawthorn)

Common Name: Washington Hawthorn

Scientific Name:  Crataegus phaenopyrum

Plant Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

General/ cultivation characteristic: Woodland shrub, best used for its medicinal properties, i a native to Europe. Not frost tender, drought resistant and prefers moister soil, as well as  suitable for neutral, acid and alkaline soil. Will be able to grow in both semi shade to full sun, is quit wind resistant.

Edibility:Almost every part of the plant can be consumed. The fruit can be eaten, but is preferably prepared cooked, in a jam, dried, in flour, or ground. The young young shoots can also be eaten raw, give a nice nutty flavor. The leaves can be made in to a tea reminiscent of black tea. The flowers can be made into a syrup and used in desserts  even the roasted seeds can also be used as a nice coffee substitute.

Medicinal: Primarily used for helping the cardiovascular system. Named the “food for the heart,” works to increase the heart muscles and blood flow, helps restore heart beat. this is due  to the antioxidant rich bioflavonoids present. The flower and fruits are the most well used, used in tonics. Helps a patient with a high blood pressure and a weak heart. Works exceptionally well with ginkgo to create a synergy to help memory and blood.