Crataegus marshallii Eggleston
Rosaceae (Rose) Family
Plant is a small tree with wide-spreading, slender branches and broad, irregular, open crown. Preferred habitat is moist and rich woods, bottom lands and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are parsley-like in shape, broadly oval, deeply divided almost to midvein. Short pointed and saw-toothed lobes, veins running to notches as well as to points of lobes. Hairless or nearly so, long and slender leaf stalks, shiny green above, pale beneath. Twigs are thorny.
Flowers are small; five white petals (typical of roses), more or less than 10 red-tipped stamens, and one to three styles. Flowers are clustered on slender hairy stalks. Flowers occur in in early spring, and in some cases the flower will unfold before the leaf emerges.
Fruit is a small pome (miniature apple).
The species name honors Humphry Marshall (1722-1801), U. S. botanist. Hawthorn is the state flower of Missouri.