Maybe It’s Mayhaws

Are any of my Southern gardener friends out there growing Mayhaws?

Texas Star Mayhaw from Ison's Nursery in GA.
Texas Star Mayhaw from Ison’s Nursery in GA.

Crataegus sp. is one fruit-bearing member of the Rosacea family I don’t have; I’m pretty well-stocked on apple varieties, have a hawthorne (Crataegus azarolus) yet to plant, and just added “Jubilee” Rosa rugosa from Burpee (also, yet to plant).

Ison’s Nursery out of Georgia is running another week of free shipping (on orders over $100; use code MARCHFREE) and Mayhaws came up on one of their pages. I’d heard of them previously and lumped them in with Quince (Cydonia oblonga, another in the Rosacea family) as a plant that is “neat, and maybe for later.” That changed when I read this about the mayhaw:

Mayhaws grow in moist soil in river and creek bottoms under hardwood trees…The fruit is also found in bayous surrounding lakes…[and]…often collected out of the water from boats, and the fruit is used to make jelly. (Source: Wikipedia)

So, it likes wet feet and can handle some shade? AND it produces fruit?! Sounds like a good plant to know.

We have plenty of spots on our property where when the soil gets wet it stays wet for a while. Do you?

If so, in just the same way that my own gardening began in earnest when I was told,“Nothing grows under a black walnut tree,”—spoiler alert: plenty does—if you’ve ever though that nothing will grow in a spot with poor drainage—especially a fruit—maybe Mayhaws are what you needed all along.

I’ve found varieties available at TyTy, Ison’s, and Hidden Springs.

Gardening is Good!
~Ben

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