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.
Hawthorn is not typically regenerated.
Hawthorn is typical of pasture land, but can be found on a very wide variety of soils.
Generally very dense shrubs or small trees up to 25 feet.
Hawthorn is used for firewood.
The fruits are eaten by birds and the occasional curious squirrel.
Attracts a variety of birds
Insects and Diseases
The Crataegus genus is very diverse and very confusing, as hybridization is common. The USDA Plants Database list 216 species of hawthorn found in North America.
Crataegus: Greek "kratos" (strength - for the wood) / spp.: Greek "kratos" (strength - for the wood)
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