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Cockspur Hawthorn

Crataegus crus-galli • cockspur thorn

Native

Cockspur Hawthorn is a fast-growing, short-lived tree that typically grows between 6-10 meters tall.  It is native to eastern North America and is thought to be the parent of plumleaf hawthorn (Crataegus persimilis). Cockspur hawthorn can be found nearby farmland, along streams and in forest openings, especially on soils rich in calcium, the species also readily invades cleared land. Their crowns are broadly domed or depressed.

Leaf

Alternate, simple, deciduous; blades glossy dark green above, dull and paler below, leathery, ovate, widest above the middle, with broad tips and wedge-shaped bases

Bark

Mature bark grey-brown, slightly scaly

Flower

White, unpleasant-smelling, 1-1.5 cm wide; flowers many, in loose, hairless, flat-topped clusters

Fruit/Seed

Green to dull red haws, often dark-dotted, short-egg-shaped to almost round, often 5-sided, 8-10 mm wide

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