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Crataegus aestivalis

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Crataegus aestivalis
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Crataegus
Section: Crataegus sect. Coccineae
Series: Crataegus ser. Aestivales
C. aestivalis
Binomial name
Crataegus aestivalis
  • C. cerasoides Sarg.
  • C. fruticosa Sarg.
  • C. luculenta Sarg.
  • C. maloides Sarg.
  • C. monantha Sarg.
  • Mespilus aestivalis Walter

Crataegus aestivalis, known as the eastern mayhaw,[2] is a shrub or small tree of the southeastern United States that grows in low-lying or wet areas from eastern Alabama to central Florida and Virginia. It is one of several species of hawthorn with fruits known as "mayhaws", which are harvested for use in making mayhaw jelly, considered a delicacy in many areas of the South. Other species of mayhaws include Crataegus opaca, the western May Hawthorn, which is native from east Texas to Alabama.

The jelly is a rosy color, with a delicate flavor. It's sometimes commercially available at farm stands or specialty Southern food stores.


  1. ^ IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group & Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) (2020). "Crataegus aestivalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T152909656A152909658. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-1.RLTS.T152909656A152909658.en. Retrieved 2 June 2024.
  2. ^ a b Phipps, J.B. (2015), ""Crataegus aestivalis" (Walter) Torrey & A. Gray, Fl. N. Amer. 1: 468. 1840", in L. Brouillet; K. Gandhi; C.L. Howard; H. Jeude; R.W. Kiger; J.B. Phipps; A.C. Pryor; H.H. Schmidt; J.L. Strother; J.L. Zarucchi (eds.), Flora of North America North of Mexico, vol. 9: Magnoliophyta: Picramniaceae to Rosaceae, New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press

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