Black Hawthorn


(Crataegus douglasii)

black hawthorn flowers
© Finn McGhee, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC)
black hawthorn fruit
© Amber Fill, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC)
The Black Hawthorn is a thorny flowering shrub to small tree, native to the Pacific Northwest. Its fan-like leaves have teeth pointing toward the tip end. Thorns on twigs protrude up to an inch long. Showy White Flowers appear at the branch ends in the spring, followed by small blackish apple-like fruit. Black Hawthorn can be found growing in the forest understory, water edge, in thickets, and various habitats.