Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis)

Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis) (11213 bytes) Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn is an excellent small tree with a widespreading plant form, growing to a height of 15 to 18 ft.   Hardy to zone 4, it requires well-draining soils and full sun. Drought resistant, this tree has low water needs. It is resistant to Cedar Rust and has no serius pest problems.

 

thornless cockspur hawthorn foliage (3662 bytes) thornless cockspur hawthorn fall foliage  (2771 bytes) Foliage is dark green and very glossy, turning bright gold in fall.
thornless cockspur hawthorn bloom  (7204 bytes) thornless cockspur hawthorn blossom  (2942 bytes)    Flowers are showy and borne in 2-3" clusters in spring. They are white and provide no fragrance.
thornless cockspur hawthorn fruit (4954 bytes) Fruit are a bright red, 3/4" pome. They are produced in masses and provide excellent color in late summer and early fall.
thornless cockspur hawthorn bark (5172 bytes) Bark is exfoliating in thin gray strips, and provides winter interest.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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