More About Crataegus crus-galli
- Broad, rounded crown, with a dense, horizontal branching
- Long, sharp thorns grow all along the branches
- Branches are covered in white flowers
- Flowers are followed by berries, ripening to red in the fall
- In summer, oblong-obovate leaves are dark green
- Foliage becomes orange-scarlet to purple-red in autumn
- Bloom Time: Spring
Native to Ontario and parts of North America.
Crus-galli in Latin means "leg of a cock", in reference to the purported resemblance of the thorns to a cock’s spurs.
Cockspur Hawthorn Growing and Maintenance Tips
While this plant can provide a beautiful show of flowers in the spring and colourful fruit in the fall, careful placement of this plant should be heeded, as the thorns can cause injury. Grown as a shrub, it can be used as a barrier for unwanted animals. It can be grown as a specimen tree or multi-stemmed shrub.
Crataegus crus-galli Characteristics
Average to Dry Soils