A modern reference to temperate woody plants, including updated content from this site and much new material, can be found at Trees and Shrubs Online.

Crataegus aprica Beadle

Modern name

Crataegus aprica Beadle

A small tree up to 20 ft high, or a shrub; branchlets zigzag, armed with thorns 1 to 112 in. long; young shoots and leaves soon glabrous. Leaves broadly diamond-shaped, obovate, oval or even roundish, more or less tapered at the base, the upper half toothed and either pointed or rounded at the apex; lobed on strong barren shoots; 34 to 2 in. long, nearly or quite as wide; stalks 14 to 12 in. long, and, like the base of the leaf, very glandular. Flower 34 in. diameter, white, produced three to six together on corymbs 112 to 2 in. across; flower-stalk and calyx shaggy, calyx-lobes conspicuously glandular-toothed; stamens ten; anthers yellow; styles three to five. Fruit globose, 12 in. diameter, orange-red.

Native of the south-eastern United States; introduced in 1900. It belongs to the group of which C. flava is the type, but promises to be a much handsomer tree than that is. It flowers very freely, and its fruits are richly, if not very brightly coloured. It is marked by the very glandular leaf-bases, leaf-stalks, and inflorescence.



Other species in the genus