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Planting and Care Facts (pdf)Zone: 7-9Mayhaw Size Info

Size: 5x5x12″ or 3 Gal., 4-5 Ft.

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Product Description

Maxine Mayhaw – Large 3/4″ fruit!

Found by James Eaves near DeRidder LA, Maxine has large fruit, over 3/4 inch. Consistent heavy producer and ripens uniformly – 95% of the fruit can be harvested at one time. Maxine is very resistant to fire blight and considered one of the very best varieties found in the wild. It’s also a beautiful tree with a natural inverted umbrella shape. Longtime mayhaw grower Travis Callahan of Abbyville La considers this to one of the best mayhaws to grow in the south. Here’s what he has to say about it: “Maxine is a “low shatter” and later blooming mayhaw. The fruit is slow to fall until all fruit is red. Since mayhaw bloom over a three week period from bloom start to bloom end the fruit ripen or “color” over a three week period too. Therefore most of the fruit can be harvested in a single shaking when all fruit is dark red. This is also the time that the juice will be at it’s darkest color. Harvest here in South Louisiana is June 19 on average. Many other mayhaw are harvested by early May so Maxine is later.

All mayhaw varieties benefit from cross-pollination. Maxine is a late-blooming mayhaw variety plant with other late blooming varieties for good fruit set.

 Zones 7-9  

Note: We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions, we cannot ship any plants to international countries, or the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, no citrus trees can be shipped outside of the state of Florida.

Additional Information

Pot Size

5x5x12 or 3 Gal.

Plant Height

4-5 Ft.

Planting Zone



Late blooming variety. Plant with other late blooming mayhaw varieties for good cross pollination.

Ripening Season

Early June

Choosing the Right Mayhaw Variety…

 Big Red MayhawDeep in the dark water swamps and hammocks of the lower South, along sandy river banks, wild mayhaws grow. For generations, Southerners have made the yearly trek by boat to harvest the floating fruit with nets. The fruit is boiled in a kettle until it bursts and releases the flavor. The juice is strained to make a beautiful, coral-colored jelly. The flavor is exquisite, like sweet apple with overtones of mango and an aroma of pineapple. When you can find Mayhaw Jelly, it will cost at least $5 a pint and well worth it. The success of modern mayhaw growing can be attributed to Sherwood Akins, famous for “taking the swamp out of the mayhaw”. Mr. Akins spent long days in the Louisiana swamps, locating superior mayhaws that will thrive in ordinary garden soils.  


Two different varieties are required for pollination.

Landscaping with Mayhaw Trees…..

Mayhaws are covered with white blooms in the spring followed by bright red fruit. Mix with dogwoods for early spring bloom. Use as a specimen tree or mix in with apples, peaches and plums for months of fresh fruit. Mayhaws are terrific for wildlife and tough enough to plant out in the woods. 





Well-drained, deep soils are preferred, but mayhaws will grow on many soil types. You don’t need a swamp to grow mayhaws these days, although wet soils are tolerated. Trees will grow more vigorously and produce more fruit in full sun. Two different varieties are required for pollination. Plant 15-20 feet apart for best results.


Planting a TreeMayhaw prefers slightly acid soil (pH 4.2-5.5). If you are in doubt about the acidity of your soil, take a sample to the Cooperative Extension Agent in your county for a soil test. Dig a planting hole approximately three times the width of the pot and at the same depth as the root ball. Enrich the planting hole with peat moss or rotted pine bark mixed with soil dug from the hole (50:50 mix). Remove the plant from the pot, gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole. To avoid burying too deep, make sure plant is positioned with the top most roots at the soil line. Fill the planting hole with the mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in. Water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets. Do NOT put fertilize in the planting hole. Only apply fertilizer if it is the correct time of year (see Fertilization section below).


If desired, construct a water basin around the base of the tree approximately 36 inches in diameter. Mulch in spring and summer with approximately 4-6 inches of mulch. Pull mulch a couple of inches away from the trunk for good air circulation.



The type of fertilizer you choose may be chemical or organic. Make sure that the fertilizer contains iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, copper and boron. These minor elements are very important to plants and most soils are low in these elements. Application rates vary according to age of plant.

See chart below.

10-10-10 or 10-0-10 with minerals

1 cup per each year of trees life

-Max out at 9 cups on Mature Trees

Espoma Citrus Tone



6 cups for 1 year old

10 cups for 2 year old (4-6ft)

18 cups for 7-9ft tree

24 cups for tree over 9ft

Spread the fertilizer evenly under the entire canopy of the plant avoiding a 5-inch area around the trunk. Water or rake in. For Zones 9-10, fertilize 3 times each year in late February,

late May and late July/early August. For plants further north (Zones 7-8b), fertilize in March or after bud break. Never fertilize after August (June in Zones 7-8b) as this will promote new growth late in the year which will be subject to freeze damage.


The first year is a critical time for the establishment of a new mayhaw. Water thoroughly twice a week on light soils and once a week on clay soils. Soak the entire root system deeply – this usually takes 40-50 minutes. Mayhaws should receive at least 1 inch of water each week for best growth and fruit production. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Fruit may drop prematurely if insufficiently irrigated during dry spells.



Mayhaws have few pests and diseases. Cedar apple rust can be a problem in areas where native cedar and wild hawthorns are present. Apply copper sulfate on new flushes of growth to protect them. Train to a single trunk at the base. Occasional pruning is necessary to open the center of the tree for greater light and air penetration. Remove crossing, dead or damaged branches as needed.



Fruit should be allowed to thoroughly ripen on the tree for best quality and flavor. It will fall from the tree when ripe or you can shake the branches over a clean sheet in April and May.

Variety Selection – Need 2 different ones for Pollination!
BETSY – Heavy bearer with very large red, round fruit. The flesh is bright red. Ripens early May.
BIG RED – Large fruit, red-skinned with pink flesh. Late-blooming, ripens in late April-Early May.
GEORGIA GEM – Large, red fruit is up to ¾” diameter. Makes a dark, coral jelly. Ripens mid-late May.
RELIABLE – Late bloomer, rarely caught in late frost. Large fruit with red skin. Ripens mid-late May. 

To cook mayhaws and extract juice: Combine 1 gallon mayhaws with 1 gallon water. Cook until tender (about 30 minutes). Strain through a cloth, extracting as much juice as possible. This should make 10 cups of juice. If not, add water to make 10 cups. Juice may be sweetened to taste or mixed with other fruit juices for a refreshing treat! Mayhaw Jelly: Make jelly using 5 cups mayhaw juice, 7 cups sugar and 1 box Sure-Jell. Cook as directed on Sure-Jell box. Mayhaw Syrup: Combine 1 cup mayhaw juice, ½ cup sugar and ½ cup white Karo syrup (to prevent jelling). Cook at a rapid boil for 18 to 20 minutes. Great on pancakes!


Always remember that good disease resistance begins with the health of the plant. Plants stressed from lack of water, not enough sun or being under fed are more susceptible to disease and insects.  Maintaining good sanitation practices in the orchard is most important. The removal of diseased and dead wood, and picking up fallen or rotting fruit off the trees as it occurs, will go a long way in keeping disease and insects at a minimum. Spray at first sign of an issue, rather than waiting until the problem is out of hand will go a long way to keeping your plants healthy and fruiting properly.