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Mequon Campus Trees: Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Name

Crataegus crusgalii inermis

Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

described by Quinn Taylor

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Description

Description: A thornless tree in the rose family that lives in zones 3-7. Height is 20'-30', width is 20'-35'. Thornless cockspur hawthorn is a tough tree that tolerates pollution, drought, and clay soil, making this an excellent choice for a city lot. Features include a spreading form and persistent fruit that is appealing to birds and small mammals.

Winter interest: Winter characteristics include dark somewhat platy bark, and bare fine twigs. Thornless, with fruits that persist as long as the animals don't eat them.

Spring interest: Oblong dark green leaves emerge in spring, and foliage turns red to orange in fall. Flowers emerge in May and have an unpleasant odor. Flowers lead to dark red fruits that persist to fall.

 

 

 

 

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Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn