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Crataegus cuneata Sieb. & Zucc.

Modern name

Crataegus cuneata Siebold & Zucc.

A twiggy shrub with slender, hairy, reddish young shoots; thorns about 14 in. long, slender. Leaves obovate or somewhat spoon-shaped, much tapered and entire at the base, the apex rounded or abruptly tapered, slightly lobed and toothed; 1 to 212 in. long, 12 to 114 in. wide; pale bright green, and soon quite glabrous above; slightly hairy beneath; stalk 12 in. long, or with the leaf-blade almost reaching to the base, hairy; stipules semi-heart-shaped, coarsely toothed, 12 in. long. Flowers white, 12 to 34 in. across, produced during May and June in few-flowered corymbs; stalks hairy; stamens twenty; styles five, hairy at the base. Fruit globose or slightly pear-shaped, red, 12 to 58 in. diameter.

Native of Japan and Central China; long known in cultivation, but always rare. So far as I have seen, it has little to recommend it, although wild specimens show it to be a pretty bush in nature. I suspect it is spring tender.



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