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Plant Name:

Cockspur Hawthorn

Scientific Name:

Crataegus crus-galli


Cockspur Hawthorn is a small deciduous tree with thorny branches and clusters of white flowers in spring. It produces small red fruits that persist into winter and provide food for birds.


Forest edges, open areas, disturbed sites


Cockspur Hawthorn provides habitat and food for birds, including songbirds and gamebirds. The thorny branches offer nesting sites and protection.

Growing Conditions:

Cockspur Hawthorn is adaptable to various soil types and full sun to partial shade.


Cockspur Hawthorn is sometimes planted as an ornamental tree for its attractive flowers and fruits. The fruits are sometimes used in jellies and preserves.

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Fun Facts:

Cockspur Hawthorn is named for the long, sharp thorns on its branches. It is native to eastern North America.

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