Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Hawthorn
Crataegus spp.
Rosaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, and deciduous and may be toothed or lobed. Twigs usually with thorns. Flowers are showy and pink to white. Bark is variable and may be rough and scaly. Fruit is an apple-like pome. Form is a shrub or small tree up to 6 m (20 ft); some species have a fluted trunk. This genus is found on a variety of sites in the east and central U.S. The hard, strong wood is used for tool handles. The fruit is eaten by both small and large mammals. Cultivars are available for landscaping.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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