Thornless Hawthorn

Crataegus spp.

There are two hawthorns in the Park, quite near each other in the southwest triangle and the west triangle. There are over 200 species in the hawthorn genus, so the Wikipedia entry here describes the genus. If anyone can nail down the exact species, please email me.
Thornless hawthorn in the southwest triangle, looking east, in July.
Hawthorn factoids:
  • ​​As the common name suggests, the trees bear fruits called haws and most species have thorns that are 2-3 inches long on trunk and branches.
  • The shrubby trees are used for hedgerows in Europe, as the thorns discourage passage.
  • The tree is a rich source of mythologies in northern Europe.
  • Our specimens are thornless varieties. For comparison, the sidewalk tree in front of 425 North 20th Street is a thorned variety, and the thorns are impressive.
  • The tree has delicate spring flowers, and the deep green summer leaves turn gold to red in autumn.
Serrated green leaves and fruits in July.
Just across the path is the other hawthorn in the west triangle.
Sometimes all the branches don't get the message that they are supposed to be thornless. Here are two very sharp 2-inch thorns on the tree in the southwest triangle. 
The haws on the hawthorn in the west triangle are plump and red in December, just in time for the holidays

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