Identifying trees - Knowledgebase Question

Livonia, Mi
Question by creativemoni
May 14, 2008
I have a tree that was given to me from my mom. It was going in her back yard but she forgot what type of tree it is. I think it is an american or washington hawthorn. It is about 10-12 feet high, awsome 2-3 inch thorns off the branches ( very strong and solid to the touch) the little leaves comming out are a redish with green ( mostly red ) Please advise.

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2008


Without seeing the tree and its flowers, it's difficult to positively identify it. However, most species of the hawthorne have very prominent, long, straight, sharp thorns, ranging from 1 to 5 inches in length. There are only a few species without thorns. A hawthorn is the state flower of Missouri so when your tree blooms you can compare the flower clusters online (

Best wishes with your tree!

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