Wild Florida Photo - Crataegus spathulata - Littlehip Hawthorn

Crataegus spathulata 

Littlehip Hawthorn

Florida native

Gadsden Co. FL 05/20/10
Gadsden Co. FL 05/20/10
Gadsden Co. FL 05/20/10
Gadsden Co. FL 05/20/10

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An occasional deciduous shrub or small tree of moist to wet hammocks and stream banks in the central panhandle counties of Liberty, Gadsden, Jackson and Holmes, plus Okaloosa County in the western panhandle. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States, west into Texas and Oklahoma, and north to Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia.
Growing to about 8 m (26 ft.) tall with brownish bark that strips off in thin plates. Littlehip hawthorn often has sharp thorns along slightly zigzag branches. Leaves are alternate, simple, broadest above the middle and tapering towards the base, from 1-4 cm (3/8 - 1-1/5 in.) long with mostly crenate margins. Leaves near the ends of branches may by larger and three lobed. Flowers are in dense, showy clusters, white to pink, 7-10 mm (1/4 - 3/8 in.) wide, with triangular petals. The fruit is round, bright red and 4-7 mm (1/8 - 1/4 in.) in diameter.


Crataegus spathulata is a member of the Rosaceae - Rose family.

Other species of the Crataegus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Crataegus aestivalis - MAY HAW
  Crataegus flava - YELLOWLEAF HAWTHORN
  Crataegus marshallii - PARSLEY HAWTHORN
  Crataegus michauxii - MICHAUX'S HAWTHORN

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016

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