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Cockspur Hawthorn
Crataegus crus-galli

This species is native to eastern North America and is widely used in horticulture. This small tree, also called Cockspur Thorn, bears long thorns (5 cm in length) on its trunk. It is popularly grown as a hedge and is often planted to stabilize stream banks and other habitats susceptible to erosion.

Habitat:Moist soils, full sunlight.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing to 8 m tall.
Bloom Time:Late spring.
Longevity:Long-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MI MN MO MS NC NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:NS ON QC
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