parsley hawthorn
Crataegus marshallii
  • FAMILY: ROSACEAE
  • ALTERNATE COMMON NAME:
  • LEAVES: simple, alternate, deciduous; serrate margins, variable shapes
  • FLOWER: rose-like, white to pink; spring
  • FRUIT: pome
  • TWIGS: thorns, or unarmed
  • BARK: scaly
  • FORM: large shrubs to small trees
  • HABITAT: wet sites, river banks, old fields
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative (FAC): Occurs in wetlands or non-wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: eastern US
  • USES: fruit is an excellent wildlife food; deer browse young growth; jelly
  • Brief Recognition Features:
    1. twigs with unbranched thorns
    2. variably-shaped leaves, serrate margins
    3. wet sites

    NOTES:
    Crataegus marshallii (parsley hawthorn): FAC
    Crataegus opaca (mayhaw): OBL