Crataegus spp.

Hawthorn is a small, thorny tree, attractive in flower, and valuable to wildlife for its fruit. Hawthorn as a genus (Crataegus) is comprised of many species, and not all of those species growing in North America are native to this continent.

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Growth   Size

Timber Value

      Hawthorn is used for firewood.

Wildlife Value
      The fruits are eaten by birds and the occasional curious squirrel.
          Attracts: a variety of birds

Regeneration methods
      Hawthorn is not typically regenerated.

Important Problems Early Detection tips
many bacterial, fungal, and insect leaf enemies unsightly leaves

Fun facts
The Crataegus genus is very diverse and very confusing, as hybridization is common. Estimates for the number of species in North America range from 100 to 1,000.
Crataegus: Greek "kratos" (strength - for the wood) / spp.: Greek "kratos" (strength - for the wood)
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