I began growing this hawthorn just 8-9 years ago. It is somewhat slower growing than other hawthorns and has fewer thorns. Blooming a very soft white in mid-April before its leaves appear, this is our earliest hawthorn to bloom. Fall color is a dull red. Leaf ... diseases in some years have been know to defoliate these trees. I have found it to be very adaptable to full sun and part-shade sites in mesic to poor soils. It is truly one of the most picturesque trees of the winter landscape.