Name these berries

Asked September 12, 2018, 8:46 AM EDT

Can you identify these berries? They grow in the white river drainage area. Between meeker and trappers lake. The berries are very hard sort of like rose hips but half the size. The bush can get quite large and has the appearance of a sarvice berry bush.but the leaves have the appearance of a holly of some kind waxy??

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Thank you for using the Ask an Expert service!

The plant you have in the picture is a Hawthorn. There are 3 common species in Colorado, and based on your description of where you found this, I have narrowed it down to 2 of the 3: River Hawthorn (Crataegus rivularis Nuttal) OR Fleshy Hawthorn or western big-thorn Hawthorn (Crataegus succulenta). Without having the plant in hand, I am not able to further narrow down the species.

You can learn more about these Colorado Hawthorns here: http://www.westernexplorers.us/Hawthorns.pdf

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