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16 Downy Hawthorn

(Crataegus mollis )

This tree is popular for its white flowers, which are borne in clusters at the end of the branches in spring. The bright red edible fruit ripens in late summer and early fall and falls soon after. This species is a target of gypsy moths, and leaf rusts and fire blight are among the many foliage diseases to affect this species. The sharp thorns are a hazard.