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Crataegus munda

Previously known as:

  • Crataegus invicta
  • Crataegus pexa
Description

A compact native hawthorn shrub.

Critical features for identification of Crataegus sp.: Flower size, number of stamens, color of anthers, shape and hairiness of the leaves, terminal points of the lateral leaf veins, hairiness of the pedicels, length and curvature of the thorns, and characteristics of the fruit.

This plant is found at Sandy soils, open brush or among pine.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#thorns#deciduous#small tree#songbirds#shrub#wildlife plant#compact#moths#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#native shrub#cover plant#food source#NC native#edible fruits#pollinator plant#Braham Arboretum#stiff
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#thorns#deciduous#small tree#songbirds#shrub#wildlife plant#compact#moths#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#native shrub#cover plant#food source#NC native#edible fruits#pollinator plant#Braham Arboretum#stiff
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crataegus
    Species:
    munda
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The leaves, berries, and flowers are used in medicines and herbals for cardiovascular health.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A., NC
    Distribution:
    GA, SC, AL, FL, MS, VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Important nectar flower for insects; food plant of many moths including the eggar moth; haws provide winter fruit for songbirds. Good nesting habitat with thorns providing protection from predators.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Thorns
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Description:
    Small red pome with 1-5 pyrenes that resemble the “stones” in related plums, peaches, etc. Sometimes called the ‘haw’.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    1 or 2 flowers per inflorescence.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Spirally arranged on long shoots. Lobed or serrated margins; petiole 0-28% of blade.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    New growth hairy, bark smooth and gray.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds