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Weed Identification

cockspur hawthorn



Scientific Name

Crataegus crus-galli

Synonyms (former Scientific Names):

Crataegus mohrii
Crataegus permixta
Crataegus tenax
Crataegus triumphalis
Crataegus cherokeensis
Crataegus vallicola
Crataegus algens
Crataegus signata
Crataegus palmeri
Crataegus fontanesiana
Crataegus regalis
Crataegus palliata
Crataegus operta
Crataegus acutifolia
Crataegus tantula
Crataegus pyracanthoides
Crataegus cocksii
Crataegus canbyi
Crataegus acutifolia
Crataegus subpilosa
Crataegus danielsii
Crataegus fecunda
Crataegus hannibalensis
Crataegus bushii
Crataegus sabineana
Crataegus barrettiana
Crataegus denaria


Leaves are broadest above or near the middle, thick, leathery, shiny dark green above, usually not lobed, and smooth

Identifying Characteristics

It is a small tree that grows twenty to thirty feet high, twenty to thirty-five feet wide; with wide-spreading, horizontal, thorny branches

Flower Seed Head

Flowers ranging from white to red are produced in clusters.

Seed Fruit

Fruits are broadest above the middle or rounded, dull red or green.

Where Found

Cockspur hawthorn grows from southern Quebec, and Ontario to northern Louisiana, Alabama and northwestern Georgia, and west to Kansas

Life Cycle


Plant Type