Crataegus laevigata English hawthorn Rosaceae CRLA*; NY, hb, n (horticultural);


Crataegus (Accessed 5/2014).

Crataegus laevigata is a  shrubby tree, to 5 m tall, and as wide as tall, often multi-stemmed, branches spreading, bark dark, thorns to 2.5 cm long. 

Leaves alternate, to 5 cm long, 5 cm wide, deeply 3-5 lobed, lobe tips blunt to acute, margin irregularly toothed, base truncate to wedge-shaped, stalk to 1.5 cm long. 

Flowers white, 1.5 cm wide in clusters of 5-12, anthers red, 20; May. 

Fruit red, fleshy, rounded, 0.8-1.5 cm, 2 seeds (Rehder 1986). 

Wetland status: NL.

Frequency in New York City: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe/N. Africa. 

Habitat: Overgrown cultivated sites. Planted commonly several decades ago in parks and along highways. Possibly escaping from cultivation occasionally. 

Notes: Many cultivars and hybrids (see C. coccinea).