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Plant Details

Crataegus punctata

Dotted Hawthorn

Scientific Name:

Crataegus punctata

Common Name:

Dotted Hawthorn

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub / Tree

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

25 - 30 ft

Bloom Time:

May

Bloom Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

high elevation forests, balds, rock outcrops

Flowers

Uncommon and limited to high elevations, Dotted Hawthorn is often found with Fanleaf Hawthorn (C. macrosperma). It forms most of the hawthorn forests and thickets seen in the high elevations of the North Carolina Blue Ridge, usually in openings of Red Spruce (Picea rubens) or Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) forests.

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C Paynter, May 2012, Watauga Co.

Leaves

Dotted Hawthorn's leaves have deep veins impressed on the upper surface. This, and the shape, are good field marks. Crataegus however is a confusing genus and the species names are still in flux.

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Underside of leaves

The deeply sunken veins are even more obvious on the reverse of the leaves.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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