Luis de Grouchy's picture


Observed: 6th January 2012 By: Luis de GrouchyLuis de Grouchy’s reputation in Plants

Only small group of trees of this species found growing in large wood,approx. 30 feet high. Very red berries similar to holly

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Midland Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) interacts


David Jardine's picture


Why not a Sorbus or a Cotoneaster?

martinjohnbishop's picture

Because I see spines, few and

Because I see spines, few and on the main stems.
However, I am not sure. A closer shot would have been helpful.

martinjohnbishop's picture

I could not find a

I could not find a representative picture of Crataegus laevigata showing the spines so I have posted this

Roger Gilbert's picture

I can't see ........

any thorns on it.

Howardian Local Nature Reserve

martinjohnbishop's picture

Go to the trunk of the

Go to the trunk of the largest birch and follow the main branch left. Your will find a number of spines on the various branches.

Duxbury Rambler's picture

There is one leaf in the

There is one leaf in the bottom right of the photo - can not be sure if it is part of the tree for ID but it does not look like an hawthorn leaf.

martinjohnbishop's picture

There are some fruits in the

There are some fruits in the bottom right behind the tree for identification that belong to Prunus spinosa. The leaf you see is a P. spinosa leaf, I believe. (Some Ilex aquifolium on the far left.)

Roger Gilbert's picture

I still cant see ....

any thorns.

Howardian Local Nature Reserve

martinjohnbishop's picture

Did you look at this?

Did you look at this?
Can you see the thorns?

Refugee's picture


The "thorns" are most likely to be fruit spurs left after birds have eaten the fruits or ones that never set.


martinjohnbishop's picture

Cotoneaster frigidus would

Cotoneaster frigidus would have >20 fruits per bunch so it is not that species if Cotoneaster.

Eskling2's picture

A young plant ....

so maybe fewer berries per bunch? The branches do have the slightly arching habit of Cotoneaster frigidus but it could be another species It is not a definite ID.
(I do note that Crataegus laevigata has a similar arching habit).

In Haw berries the remnant of the 5-pointed calyx (is that the right term?) protrudes from the berry while in Cotoneaster it usually does not, at least not to the same extent.

With hindsight I'd probably agree with Refugee's ID that its a Cotoneaster but could be one of several species.

Refugee's picture

Old Plant

It looks to me like it is an old plant that has been broken down and grown back again. Look to the right of the big Silver Birch to see where it has sprouted from the old stem. It is likely to produce less fruit in the location as it is shaded by the Birch trees.