Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


393

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (sometimes locally abundant)

Look for it in swamp forests, generally where flooded for much of the year, often flowering and fruiting while standing in water, often associated with Taxodium distichum, Nyssa aquatica, Nyssa biflora, and Planera aquatica, occasionally growing as groves or stands in ‘mayhaw flats, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Armed with short moderately stout nodal thorns (< 4cm long, 1.5-3mm in diameter)

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Petioles short, 3-10mm, eglandular

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
15-20 stamens (anthers yellow, pink or reddish)
Inferior ovary
Inflorescences of 1-5 flowers

FRUIT:
Spring
Shiny red
Pome

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales
Series: Aestivales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Crataegus aestivalis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Crataegus aestivalis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Crataegus aestivalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US (Lance, 2014)
Crataegus aestivalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 097-20-010:
Crataegus aestivalis   FAMILY Rosaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Crataegus aestivalis

 

COMMON NAME:
Mayhaw, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn


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image of Crataegus aestivalis, Mayhaw, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_crae_003_lvd

        

image of Crataegus aestivalis, Mayhaw, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn

Sam Pratt    sbp_031321_image0

March    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

Flwrs 15-20mm wide, stamens 15-20; sepals entire or minutely glandular serrate, per Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US.

image of Crataegus aestivalis, Mayhaw, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn

Sam Pratt    sbp_031321_image1

March    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Crataegus aestivalis, Mayhaw, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn

Sam Pratt    sbp_031321_image2

March    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

Flowers appear in early Spring as leaves emerge, per Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US.

image of Crataegus aestivalis, Mayhaw, Eastern Mayhaw, May Hawthorn

Ron Lance    rwlc_aestivalis

June-July        

In cultivation

Lvs obovate, glossy, glabrate at maturity except tufts in vein axils below, per Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern US.