White, pink, or reddish.
Newfoundland to Manitoba, S. to Florida and Texas.
Flowers: large; clustered in a corymb. Calyx: five-cleft. Corolla: of five rosaceous petals. Stamens: numerous. Pistil: one. Fruit: bright scarlet; not eatable. Leaves: on petioles; roundish ovate: often lobed; serrate. A low tree or shrub, the branches beset with sharp thorns.
The hawthorn division of the apple family abounds in a number of small trees that unfold an abundance of bloom in the early spring. The blossoms blend with all the pale green and pink tones that first cover the dull grey of the winter.
The dwarf thorn, C. uniflora, which is found in sandy places, is one of the few that can be properly called shrubs.