Crataegus mollis small tree to 12 m tall, roots associated with ectomycorrhizal fungi (Dickinson 1985), sparingly thorny, thorns tend to be quite long (ca 2-4 cm), young twigs wooly, becoming smooth, dark brown sprinkled with tiny, pale lenticels; stipules 1.7 cm, asymmetric, curved, toothed along one side, deciduous.
Leaves alternate, stalk about 4 cm long, blade to 10 cm long, 8 cm wide, broadly egg-shaped but variable, usually lobed, margin toothed, hairy above, wooly below when young, becoming almost hairless above, slightly hairy below, veins running to tips of leaf teeth.
Flowers white, 1.6-2.3 cm, in branched clusters, stalks wooly, sepals coarsely toothed with glandular tips, persistent in fruit, wooly on both sides.
Fruit fleshy, red with tiny pale dots, large, 1.3-1.7 cm, ends hairy, flesh yellow, edible, seeds 3-5.
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: Eastern North America.
Habitat: Cultivated. Very infrequently escaped in edges. More usually overgrown horticultural specimens. Appears fairly shade tolerant.