Deterring home invasions are one of the many features that landscapes can provide when being designed. Using plants that have thorns or cause irritation can help deter would-be-intruders.
Having a shade tree is ideal for homeowners, but having a thorny shade tree that prevents entrance into second stories is even better. Washington Hawthorne is a tree that meets that requirement. Don’t let the thorny nature of this tree deter you though – its brilliant white flowers in the spring and delicate orange fruits speak for themselves. Best of all, this tree is resistant to fire blight – a disease that is known to affect many hawthorne trees. Best planted in zones 4-8, it will thrive in any soil, reaching 25-30 feet tall and 20-25 feet wide with a very round, dense shape. Continue reading