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Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Name: Crataegus crusgalli var. inermis (‘Cruzam’) Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn (Crusader)

Campus location: Atrium round-about

Crusader is a small, thornless hawthorn producing beautiful white flowers in the spring and abundant red fruit in the fall. The glossy green foliage turns a bronze-red in the fall. Crataegus is from the Greek word kratos meaning strength, referring to the hard wood. This slow to moderate growing ornamental tree develops an interesting spreading, horizontal branching pattern making the tree wider than tall. Used as a specimen, screen, or hedge the hawthorn is very effective at softening the vertical lines of tall buildings. The fruit contains plenty of pectin making it an excellent choice for jelly.

Hawthorne in bloom.

 

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