* The many varieties of hawthorn are difficult to distinguish, and even
their number is in dispute. Some believe that there are less than 100
hawthorn species, while others have classified more than 1000 species.
* Leaves may be ovate, maple-like, or deeply lobed, sometimes with pointed
tips, finely or coarsely toothed, 1/2-4".
* Bark smooth or scaly.
* Long thorns extending perpendicular from branches, 1-3".
* Fruits small, apple-like, yellow or red.
* Height: 10-20'.
* Habitat: Orchards, old meadows, and where planted as an ornamental
* Range: Throughout the United States and Canada.
* Hawthorns line College Road at Wellesley by the Founders Hall parking
lot. They were chosen because of their picturesque tracery of branches,
which adds beauty to the winter landscape.
* In Europe, hawthorns are often pruned into hedges and made
into fence posts. The word "haw" has the same origin as the word "hedge."
* The hawthorn's dense branches are popular nest spots for many
songbirds. The trees are valuable as honey trees for bees to
pollinate, and they provide food for cottontail
rabbits, white-tailed deer,
and many wild birds.
* The hawthorn fruits in the center photo appear hairy and orange
because they are infected by a fungal disease.