Bush ID

Asked October 21, 2019, 6:49 PM EDT

Saw many of these walking in Starker Nature Area in Corvallis today. ID?

Benton County Oregon

2 Responses

This looks like Crataegus monogyna.

Common names can include:
Singleseed Hawthorn
Common Hawthorn
English Hawthorn

My understanding is that this plant has been used for hedgerows to enclose fields in Europe. Here, hawthorn takes over natural areas like prairies and savannas, shading out native plants.

For gardeners who like the look of the white flowers but want something that is not invasive, there are some good suggestions on page 10 of this guide:

If it's the red berries you appreciate, the suggestions for holly alternatives on page 9 are good ones.

Thank you.