Downy Hawthorn

Arbor walk #67, Treekeeper ID #1716

The Downy Hawthorn is a deciduous tree in the rose family and is native to the Midwest. Despite the unpleasant scent and the presence of long thorns, the tree is much loved for the beauty of its flowers in the spring and fruits in the summer.

The Downy Hawthorn is a small to medium sized shade tree that features the typical white flowers and red fruit of other hawthorns. Similarly, these flowers are unpleasantly scented which is common of hawthorns, and the red fruit is messy. In addition, when planting the tree, be cautious and aware of the long thorns which are typically 1-2 inches. For these reasons, it is important to consider the location of this tree before planting it.

NameDowny Hawthorn
Latin NameCrataegus mollis
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