Understory small tree ID

j0nd03April 23, 2014

Mistook this tree on a hike today for ilex decidua. The form in the understory was nearly identical to what I am used to combined with the small leaves. But on closer examination, the mark is rippled and patchy and the leaves do not look like deciduous holly. Not clear in the photos, but last year's growth had alternate leaf arrangement. What is this?

(sorry for the lack of a pic of the whole tree!)




I looked like a ballerina dancing on nest of scorpions trying to get these pics while avoiding the poison ivy hahaha

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I don't know what this is but the leaves and flower buds look like a member of the Rosaceae, possibly a Crataegus or a Sorbus. I don't know which ones would be growing in your area.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 5:26PM
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j0nd03

I like the crataegus path you have suggested. If so, this is one of the species without thorns.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:15AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Foliage and buds definitely hawthorn.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:56AM
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texasflip(Nacogdoches, TX z8)

If that were around here, I would call it Crataegus spathulata

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 10:44AM
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esh_ga

Crataegus spathulata would be my guess as well.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 11:15AM
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j0nd03

Right on, thanks everyone! This a new species to me. Parsley hawthorn is the only non thorny hawthorn I remember learning about that is native to the area. I have seen references already on the similarity between the two species.

Will have to collect some fruit later and grow some for my own woods. Does the fruit ripen in early fall?

Here is a link that might be useful: Aggie

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 12:01PM
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