Crataegus coccinea (eastern North America)
(= C. pedicellata)
Habit: Loose, broad large shrub or asymmetrical small tree,
5-7 (9) m tall, some 4-6 m wide; twigs with large, 5 cm long thorns; relatively fast-growing, 20-30 cm a year.
Flowers: White umbels, May; large single flowers with pink stamen, pungent smell.
Fruits: Notable fruit umbels with 1-2 cm long, round, conspicuously red little apples; sweet & sour, mealy taste, from September.
Leaves: Early shoots in April; large, broadly ovoid leaves, medium-green in summer, yellow-orange from end of September.
Roots: Deep roots.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade; tolerates heat, frost hardy; tolerant of urban pollution, wind resistant; not demanding, robust.
Soil: All substrates from slightly acidic to alkaline, moderately dry to moist; moderately sensitive to salt.
Note: Most free of illnesses.
Hardiness: Zone 5a