(One Flower Hawthorn - Single Flower Hawthorn - Dwarf Thorn)
Rosaceae (Rose) Family
The plant is a low-spreading shrub or sometimes a small bushy tree, with short, stout trunks and dense, rounded crown of crooked branches. Its preferred habitat is dry sandy and rocky uplands in open woods, forest borders, and old fields. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are about 1-1/2 inches long and 1-1/4 inches wide, spoon-shaped, broadest beyond the middle and tapering to an almost stalkless base. The texture is coarse and waxy, saw-toothed, and occasionally lobed, slightly thick, with sunken veins. The color is shiny dark green, rough, becoming hairless above, paler and hairy beneath.
The flowers are small, with five white petals, about 20 pale yellow or white stamens, and three to five styles. The flowers are usually solitary on the stem, on short stalks. Flowers occur in late spring, emerging after the leaves appear.
Fruit is a rounded nutlet that matures in summer or autumn.