Virginia Tech Dendrology

Hawaii hawthorne Rosaceae Osteomeles anthyllidifolia (Sm.) Lindl. Listen to the Latin symbol: OSAN
Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, evergreen and somewhat thickened, 3 inches long, 15-25 leaflets per leaf; leaflets elliptical to obovate, glossy green above and paler below.
Flower: Yellow to White, with five petals, 1/2 inch across, occurring in small clusters of 3-6 flowers at the end of the branches.
Fruit: An edible white pome 3/8 inch in diameter with purple or white flesh, initially covered with white hairs, becoming glabrous.
Twig: Red-brown, slender, initially pubescent.
Bark: Gray-brown and smooth, with prominent lenticels.
Form: A small shrub to 10 feet, but more commonly to 4 feet.
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Additional Range Information: Osteomeles anthyllidifolia is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Hawaii hawthorne.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654