Broadleaf Cockspurthorn Crataegus persimilis (Rosaceae) HEIGHT to 8m <br />
A small, spreading tree with a short bole and a rounded crown. BARK Scaly brown, sometimes with spiral ridges. BRANCHES The twigs and 2cm-long stiff thorns are a deep, glossy purple-brown. LEAVES Oval and toothed, smooth and shiny; they turn from glossy green, through yellow, orange and copper to a deep red by the end of autumn before they finally fall. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are white and borne in clusters; fruits are rounded and red, up to 1.5cm long. COMMENTS A North American species, popularly planted here on roadsides and in gardens, typically as the cultivar ‘Prunifolia’; it also makes a good stockproof hedge.
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Broadleaf Cockspurthorn Crataegus persimilis (Rosaceae) HEIGHT to 8m
A small, spreading tree with a short bole and a rounded crown. BARK Scaly brown, sometimes with spiral ridges. BRANCHES The twigs and 2cm-long stiff thorns are a deep, glossy purple-brown. LEAVES Oval and toothed, smooth and shiny; they turn from glossy green, through yellow, orange and copper to a deep red by the end of autumn before they finally fall. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are white and borne in clusters; fruits are rounded and red, up to 1.5cm long. COMMENTS A North American species, popularly planted here on roadsides and in gardens, typically as the cultivar ‘Prunifolia’; it also makes a good stockproof hedge.

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