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Cockspur Hawthorn

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Crataegus crus-galli

Flower Description:

Profuse clusters of white flowers, followed by small red apples. The single flower has five white petals and stand erect.

Season BloomMay-June
HabitatA small tree with thorns that is as wide as it is tall. It provides excellent cover and nesting sites for smaller birds. The fruits are eaten by birds and rodents. Deer browse the young twigs and leaves. Valuable as habitat, the Hawthorn also hosts five types of Hairstreak butterflies including: Striped, Banded, Soapberry, Kings, and Gray.
Leaf DescriptionThe Hawthorn's glossy, dark green foliage turns bright orange or red in fall. The leaves and 2-2.4 inches long and are alternate, oval, and serrated.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source All Types