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The Mayhaw tree, Crataegus  aestivalis  is a native fruit tree to the Southern United States that can be found growing in the lowlands and swamps from Texas, to Arkansas to South Carolina.  The mayhaw trees thrive in the swamps where watering the roots sufficiently is never a problem, but swamp mayhaw trees that have been transplanted onto upland sandy soils that produce annual reliable crops. The rich flavor of Mayhaw jelly has been promoted in performance as the superstar of breakfast foods.  The mayhaw trees are armed with thorns that suppress the appetites of hungry birds and squirrels until the red ripe mayhaw berries later fall to the ground.  There have been made available several grafted clones of thornless mayhaw cultivar trees, but they produce insufficient, unprofitable mayhaws, partly because the birds consume them before they ripen and before falling off the trees.  The flavor of the mayhaw is rather bland and unappetizing, but when cooked with sugar and pectins the deep complexity of the underlying human flavor buds on the tongue are stimulated to a previous unexperienced level of contentment and enjoyment.

Georgia Red Mayhaw Tree Red Star Mayhaw Tree Swamp Mayhaw Tree
Georgia Red Mayhaw Tree Red Star Mayhaw Tree Swamp Mayhaw Tree
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Red Star Mayhaw
Georgia Red Mayhaw Plant
Swamp Mayhaw Trees

You could be located in any corner of the continental United States and we still have the perfect fruit tree for you. Most common in the southern wetlands of the United States, Mayhaw Trees are perfect for almost any climate. Mayhaw trees survive temperatures as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit but still require minimal chill hours.