Fleshy Hawthorn - Crataegus succulenta
Another hawthorn with stout, long thorns (sometimes to four inches), Fleshy Hawthorn is native to both sides of the Rocky Mountains, north to southern Canada, and throughout much of the Midwest and South. The leaves are ovate, lobed, and 1-2 inches in length. It grows in a variety of habitats, including disturbed sites such as roadsides and fields, and alongside rivers and in floodplains, sometimes on rocky soils. The trees reach 35 feet in height. The fruit is red and has a sweet, pulpy flesh; it is edible and sometimes used for making jellies.