Downy Hawthorn: Crataegus mollis
Other Names: White thorn, Whitethorn, Scarlet hawthorn, Scarlet haw, Red haw, Downy thorn
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Handsome tree with tall trunk and compact, rounded crown of spreading branches, large broad hairy leaves, many large flowers, and large scarlet fruit. Downy hawthorn is wide-spreading, reaching 20-40 ft. in height, with horizontal branching and varying degrees of thorniness. The bark of the short trunk is silvery and scaly. Profuse, flat-topped clusters of white, rose-like blossoms are followed by persistent, tiny, red apples. Medium-green, fuzzy foliage is usually aborted in early fall due to infections. Little harm is done, since the species is not known for fall color. One of the largest trees of its genus, Downy Hawthorn was originally called White Thorn. It was introduced into European gardens as early as 1683. The common and Latin species names both refer to the soft hairy foliage.
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*Descriptions of native plants were obtained from the Native Plants Database, through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website at http://www.wildflower.org/plants/, as well as Kershaw (2006).
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Reference for Kershaw (2006):
Kershaw, L. 2006. Trees of Michigan. Lone Pine Publishing International Inc.