Crataegus phaenopyrum

Crataegus phaenopyrum is a species of hawthorn commonly known as Washington hawthorn or Washington thorn.[2] It is widely grown as an ornamental plant, and can reach 10 m (about 32 feet) in height. The small red berry-like fruit grow closely together in large clusters and are food for squirrels and birds. They have a mild flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked. As with other species of hawthorn, the wood is hard and can be used to make tools.

Crataegus phaenopyrum
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Scientific classification
C. phaenopyrum
Binomial name
Crataegus phaenopyrum

The fruit is edible and can be made into jelly or crushed to make tea.[3]


  1. ^ Phipps, J.B. (1998). "Synopsis of Crataegus series Apiifoliae, Cordatae, Microcarpae, and Brevispinae (Rosaceae, subfam. Maloideae)". Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 85 (3): 475–491. doi:10.2307/2992044. JSTOR 2992044.
  2. ^ Phipps, J.B.; O’Kennon, R.J.; Lance, R.W. (2003). Hawthorns and medlars. Cambridge, U.K.: Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0881925918.
  3. ^ Elias, Thomas S.; Dykeman, Peter A. (2009) [1982]. Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods. New York: Sterling. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-4027-6715-9. OCLC 244766414.

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