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Midland Hawthorn Crataegus laevigata (Rosaceae) HEIGHT to 10m. Large shrub or small, flat-topped tree. BARK Grey-brown, cracking into plates that reveal darker browner beneath. BRANCHES have few spines. LEAVES Up to 6cm long, but not as deeply lobed as those of Common Hawthorn. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers, May–¬June, in lax clusters of up to 9 normally white flowers, each up to 2.4cm across with 2–3 styles. Fruits are 1cm long, deep-red and ripe August-October. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION A widespread native tree of W and central Europe, including England, but not as frequent as Common Hawthorn.
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