Part of hawthorn / thornapple  genus Crataegus (whose flower is the state flower of Missouri) in 🌹︎ rose  family Rosaceae in 🍎︎ apple / 🍇︎ berry / buckthorn / elm / hemp / 🌹︎ rose  order Rosales.

Native to southeastern 🇺🇸 USA.   Invasive > Oregon

Crataegus hosts caterpillars of 160 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

The small red 🍇︎ berry-like fruit; are food for squirrels, 🐦︎ birds and 👥︎ humans—may be eaten raw or cooked.

Its wood is hard and is used to make 🔨︎ tools.

Bloom dates (NE Illinois).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (Wild Ones members only)

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