Yellow Hawthorn - Crataegus flava
Only about 16 feet tall, Yellow Hawthorn is native to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Wild specimens are very rare. The small branches are armed with straight or slightly recurved two-inch thorns. The older branches are purplish-brown, and the leaves have 1-3 lobes on each seed with small teeth that are tipped with glands; they are softly hairy above when young and widest near or above the middle. The flowers have white petals and 10 stamens; they are borne in small clusters. The fruit is a smooth, orangish pome, less than a half-inch in diameter.