Crataegus phaenopyrum (L.f.) Med.

Washington Thorn

A small, rounded tree to 8 m tall. Branches with thin, dark red thorns 5-7 cm long. Leaves more or less triangular in outline, 4-7 cm long, 5-6 cm wide, irregularly and sharply toothed, with 3-5 lobes, glossy green above, paler beneath, changing to a spectacular yellow-orange or scarlet in autumn; leaf stalk thin, 2-3 cm long. Flowers white, about 1 cm wide, with more than 50 together in flat-topped clusters above the foliage; spring to early summer. Fruit about 1 cm wide, flattened, in clusters of 20 or more, ripening to a shiny red; seeds mostly 5 per fruit.


VIC: Daylesford (Bot. Gds).

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