Jul. 27, 2022

eastern hawthorn, Crataegus macrosperma

Bigfruit, fanleaf, largeseed or eastern hawthorn or thornapple. There is a bewildering array of common and scientific names for this and other Crataegus. Crataegus is about the only label there that we all agree on. There was a time when we agreed that the fruit was edible, but now we don't even need to do that. Fortunately we can also agree to enjoy the abundant flowers, the colorful fruit, the birds they attract, and that we need to avoid the thorns. Depending on how this species is circumscribed, it may be seen in AL, AR, CT, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Monongalia Co WV, 4/22/21. Rose family, Rosaceae.