Downy Hawthorn

Arbor walk #67

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.

Name Downy Hawthorn
Latin Name Crataegus mollis
Type Native
Diameter 6″ dbh
Color of Leaf Yellow green
Shape of Leaf Variable in shape, edges of leaves irregular sharp pointed teeth
Color of Flower White
Shape of Flower Clustered 3/4 to 1″ wide
Fruit Characteristics Scarlet or bright crimson, globe shaped
Bark Characteristics Brownish gray, deeply fissured
Foliage Type Deciduous

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, it is important to 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.

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