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Crataegus erythropoda

Crataegus erythropoda Ashe

Cerro Hawthorn

Rosaceae (Rose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Shrub or small tree with short trunk and widely spreading branches.

The scientific name, meaning "red-footed" or "red-stalked," refers to the leafstalks. Cerro, Spanish for "hill," is from another scientific name based on specimens collected at Cerro Summit, Colorado.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Fruit Type: Pome
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall.
Flower: Petals 5.
Fruit: Reddish to brown to black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT , WY
Native Distribution: S. Wyoming south to N. New Mexico and central Arizona; at 5000-8400' (1524-2560 m).
Native Habitat: Along streams and in moist canyon soils; with pinyons, junipers, and Ponderosa Pine.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Crataegus erythropoda in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Crataegus erythropoda in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Crataegus erythropoda


Record Modified: 2022-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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