Crataegus succulenta fleshy hawthorn Rosaceae CRSU; Q, j (planted);

Crataegus succulenta.Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium.University of Wisconsin at Stevens

Crataegus succulenta.National Geographic Book of Wild flowers.Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium.University of Wisconsin at Stevens (Accessed 5/2014).

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.