Crataegus coccinioides Ashe

Kansas Hawthorn

Broad-crowned tree 7-8 m tall or occasionally large shrub with dark purple thorns and 4-5 cm long. Leaves triangular to ovate in outline, 5-7 cm long and almost as wide, with 4-5 pairs of finely toothed lobes, base truncate or slightly cordate. Flowers in groups of 4-7, about 2 cm wide. Stamens 20, with red anthers. Fruit flattened slightly at both ends, mostly 1.5-2 cm wide, juicy, bright red; seeds 5.


VIC: Hamilton, Kyneton and Malmsbury Bot. Gds. NSW: Ournie (Jephcott Arboretum).

Dark purple thorns about 4-5 cm long; leaves with fine, long-pointed teeth. C. ×durobrivensis Sarg. differs in having completely hairless lower leaves and flower clusters; also a smaller spherical, glossy bright red fruit about 1.6 cm wide. It is probably a hybrid, C. pruinosa × C. suborbiculata.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
genus        Crataegus L.