Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2769

Tree
Perennial

Native to Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA - -

Rare in the Southeast

Look for it in mesic forests, alluvial forests, wooded uplands over basic or calcareous soils, per Weakley's Flora

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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Armed with moderately stout nodal thorns (> 2cm long, 1.5-3mm in diameter)

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Petioles rather stout, 1/3-2/3 length of blade, eglandular

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
20 stamens (anthers white or yellow, rarely pink to red)
Inferior ovary

Inflorescences of 8-15 flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Pome

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales
Series: Molles

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Crataegus mollis var. mollis   FAMILY Rosaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Crataegus mollis   FAMILY Rosaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Crataegus meridionalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US (Lance, 2014)
Crataegus mollis var. mollis

Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Crataegus albicans

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Crataegus mollis var. mollis

INCLUDING Beadle in Flora of the Southeastern US (Small, 1913)
Crataegus cibaria

INCLUDING Beadle in Flora of the Southeastern US (Small, 1913)
Crataegus gravida

INCLUDING Beadle in Flora of the Southeastern US (Small, 1913)
Crataegus mollis

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Hawthorn


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image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_crmo2_001_lvd

        

image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_crmo2_002_lhp

        

image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

JK Marlow    jkm210407_9280

April    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

JK Marlow    jkm210407_9281

April    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

JK Marlow    jkm210407_9283

April    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

Softly hairy leaf undersides & petioles, esp in spring, are characteristic, per Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US.

image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

Sam Pratt    sbp_20140412_090205

April    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Anthers white, rarely light pink, per Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US.

image of Crataegus mollis var. mollis, Downy Hawthorn

Ron Lance    rwlc_mollis

August    Buncombe County    NC

Fruits of some local genotypes up to 24mm diam, among the largest in the US, per Weakley's Flora (2020).