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Pensacola Hawthorn

There isn't enough information about our beautiful, native, NW Florida tree to my mind. Certainly not enough images. A medium sized tree found only in the NW Florida Panhandle with weeping branches covered with bright green leaves small white flowers in spring. Small orang/reddish fruits follow flowering. The bark becomes darker and furrowed as the tree ages. As with all Hawthorns, there are long rigid thorns.

Winter limbs show off their quirky zig zag habit and fierce thorns.

The information online says these trees are small (20ft tops) but this old beauty is 40 ft plus, and makes muy fruit each year.

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Kingdom: Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta _ Seed Plants
Division: Magnoliophyta _ Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida _ Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae _ Rose Family
Genus: Crataegus L. _hawthorn
Species: Crataegus Lacrimata (Small_Pensacola Hawthorn)

 

Scientific Name: Crataegus Lacrimata
Common Name: Pensacola Hawthorn
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 10-12 feet
Spread: 10-15 feet
Bloom Time: Spring
Fruit Present: Mid-Summer
Fruit Color: Orange speckled Red


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Springtime is when they really show out. First the small neon green fan-like leaves flush the tree in what looks like lime green whipcream. In the dark line of evergreens on the roadways in this part of the country, the Pensacola Hawthorns spill out in surprising relief. Shocking green spring is early. Then come the blooms.

 

 

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Blooming Pensacola Hawthorn is frothy with simple white flowers that remind me of antique roses. Indeed the tree is in the rose family.

 

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Fan shaped leaves reveal considerable thorns.

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The fruit are so colorful finding them is like a easter egg hunt every day.

 

 

 

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And so now I'll see them through the fall and winter and wait for the Spring to bring back that blinding greenest green.

Happy to put this up as I have been thinking about it forever.

Hope you enjoy the page.

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