Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crusgalli)

Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crusgalli) (13457 bytes)     

Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crusgalli) grows to about 15 to 25 feet. It is very tolerant of hot dry sites, is generally maintenance-free and has few pests. Likes full sun.

Long, cockspur-like thorns are found on each branch. (7130 bytes) Long, cockspur-like thorns are found on each branch.
foliage (6296 bytes) Foliage The leaves are shiny dark green and leathery. The fall color ranges from orange to scarlet.  
flower cluster (8241 bytes) single flower (2985 bytes) Flowers The May flowers are white and have a slightly disagreeable odor for seven to ten days. For this reason, you may not want to plant next to the main entry of the home.
bark (6860 bytes) Bark is an interesting combination of brown and gray, often exfoliating slightly on older wood to expose an orange-red to rust-colored underbark.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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