|Range of Crataegus brainerdii in North America|
Crataegus brainerdii is a species of flowering plant in the rose family known by the common name Brainerd's Hawthorn. It is named for Ezra Brainerd (1844-1924), a renowned botanist and former president of Middlebury College, in Vermont.
This species is a shrub or small tree growing up to 30 feet tall. The branches are lined with thorns up to 1.6 inches long. The serrated leaves are somewhat triangular in shape and sometimes slightly lobed. They are hairy when new. The flowers are borne in clusters. The rounded fruit is red and juicy.
This species grows best in full sunlight and well-drained soils, but it will tolerate wet soils and drought conditions. It can be planted in urban environments. It can be used as a windbreak. It is good for erosion control. The fruits attract animals.
- "Crataegus brainerdii (Brainerd's hawthorn): Go Botany". gobotany.newenglandwild.org. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
- Crataegus brainerdii. NatureServe.
- Crataegus brainerdii. USDA NRCS Plant Guide.
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