Crataegus chrysocarpa at Bute Park

Crataegus chrysocarpa 0

Crataegus chrysocarpa
late May 2016

Crataegus chrysocarpa 1

Crataegus chrysocarpa
early October 2016

Grid reference ST 17609 77366
Common name Fireberry hawthorn
Common name Goldenberry hawthorn
Origin E. North America
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Not tagged  
Plaque Donated by David Morgan Ltd
Planted 1989
Height 3M May 2016
Girth 34cm @ 0.1M March 2022
Reference 443

This tree is in the centre of the Hawthorn group but close to the foot path. Thorns were sparse and about 1.5cm long.

The following table gives the approximate physical measurements of examined haws together with the number of pips found within them.

Diameter mm Length mm No. of pips
7.5 9.0 2
7.5 9.0 2
6.6 8.0 2
6.5 8.2 2
7.0 8.5 2
6.5 8.5 2
7.5 9 2

Measurements were taken in late October 2020. Length measurement was for main body of the fruit and did not include the peduncle.

Crataegus chrysocarpa leaf

Crataegus chrysocarpa leaves
late May 2016

Crataegus chrysocarpa flower

Crataegus chrysocarpa flowers
late May 2016

Crataegus chrysocarpa twig

Crataegus chrysocarpa red twigs
early June 2016

Crataegus chrysocarpa fruit1

Crataegus chrysocarpa fruit
late August 2016

Crataegus chrysocarpa fruit2

Crataegus chrysocarpa fruit
early September 2016

Crataegus chrysocarpa fruit3

Crataegus chrysocarpa fruit
early October 2016

General tree description

Crataegus chrysocarpa is a small tree that can grow to about 6 metres in height. Its common name is derived from the brilliant crimson fruits that appear in late summer. Its has scaly grey-brown bark and large, ovate to round leaves 4 to 5cm long. These have very shallow lobes and coarse teeth on the margins. In May there are clusters of white flowers that have 10 stamens with pale yellow anthers. The fruits (haws) are fleshy red berries, 12mm in diameter and nearly round.