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Cockspurthorn in winter

Observed: 13th January 2013 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
Cockspurthorn general shape
Spine growing centrally between two twigs
Sharp spines all along branches
Looks as though it has been combed
Description:

Small tree, often planted on roadsides and in municipal planting: vicious thorns along branches, and sometimes on the trunk as well.
In winter, have red berries which at a glance, can be mistaken for Hawthorn: but this grows in the habit of a tree, rather than a shrub, and the spines do not have any buds growing along their length, as Hawthorn (and Blackthorn) do.
Also, Hawthorn grow very untidily, whereas if you look sideways through the crown, Cockspurthorn often look as though they have been "combed".

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Duxbury Rambler's picture

Perfect description

The Purple thorns convinced me :)

Rachy Ramone's picture

Me too...

* sucks finger*

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