Crataegus succulenta is a small tree to 5 m tall, sometimes 8 m, twigs with stout thorns 3-4 cm long.
Leaves alternate, stalk 1-2 cm long; blade 3-6 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, elliptic to widest above middle, tip pointed, base wedge-shaped shallowly lobed mostly above middle, margin coarsely, doubly toothed, lustrous, dark green above, often finely hairy below.
Flowers white, 1-1.7 cm wide, sepals toothed, tipped with small glands, usually deciduous; inflorescence branched.
Fruit fleshy, bright red, 0.7-1.5 cm wide, seeds 2-4.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: Wide ranging from S.E. Canada to Arizona.
Habitat: Dry, rocky soil, usually horticultural.