Scientific name: Crataegus calpodendron (Ehrh.) Medik.

Common name: Pear Hawthorn, Urn Tree

Family: Rosaceae; Rose

Flowering period: April- May

Fruiting period: September

Habitat: Rich soil, river banks

Locality: Mt. Berry, Northwest Georgia, U.S.A.
Date: April 18, August 28, 2008

Hawthorn's identification on September 5, 2004 by Ron W. Lance from North Carolina

Description: "(urn-tree; referring to the shape of the fruit)
- A tree 5-6 m. high or often an arborescent shrub, with slender sparingly thorny or nearly thornless branchlets tomentose while young and dark brownish-gray bark becoming thick and furrowed on old trunks; leaves ample, mostly ovate, oblong-elliptic, or rhombic, coarsely serrate except near the base, usually with 3-5 pairs of shallow often asymmetric lateral lobes, short-villous above while young and usually pubescent beneath throughout the season, firm, dull yellow-green and with the veins impressed above at maturity; flowers 1.2-1.5 cm wide, many tomentose corymbs; stamens about 20; anthers pink or rarely white; calyx-tube pubescent, the lobes glandular-serrate or pectinate; fruit oblong or obovoid , rarely nearly globose, 7-9 mm thick, pubescent while young , bright red or orange-red, with thin sweet flesh becoming succulent , and 2-3 nutlets deeply pitted on the inner surface." - Ernest Jesse Palmer, 1950

Last updated on September 1, 2015.

1. Palmer, Ernest J., in Fernald, Merritt L., Gray's Manual of Botany 8.ed. New York: D.Van Nostrand Company, 1970: 800
2. Images by Zvezdana Ukropina-Crawford
3. USDA, NRCS. 2015. The PLANTS Database (, 7 May 2015). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.



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