Crataegus crus-galli Crusader™ – Thornless Cockspur Hawthorne


A common species in the Midwest, but also native to New York in scattered locations including Dutchess County. It’s a tough tree with attractive, spoon-shaped, glossy leaves that are protected by recurved thorns up to 2” long. Develops a spreading, flattened crown of layered limbs that gives it an “acacia on the African savanna” look. Orange to red fall foliage and dull red fruits that last into early winter provide multi-season interest. Hawthorns are great wildlife trees – birds nest amidst the dense branches and foliage and eat the crabapple-like fruits; bees get  nectar and pollen from the flowers.

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Rose family, Rosaceae

Photo by Cephas, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 2 April 2023

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3-Gallon, 7-Gallon