The last three days or so have been spent "cruising" for hawthorn specimens that might be sources of scionwood. I can attest to the perversity of plants; the most intriguing specimens always seem to be growing in the most vigorous patches of poison ivy.
Heavily fruiting selections on Gale Road just north of Ferris Road on the east side of the road.
I-496 corridor through Lansing. Crataegus crus-galli mass plantings along north side and in Cedar/Larch clover-leaf.
|Crataegus mollis leaves shredded by disease. August 13.|
|Specimen on left, species not known. C. mollis (defoliated) on right. Near corner of Wilcox and Bellevue in Hamlin Township. Specimen tagged with plastic top from a six-pack tied to a limb.|
|First hawthorn east of corner of Bellevue and Wilcox. Tentatively identified as Crataegus succulenta. Trunk impressively thorny.|
|Typical Crataegus punctata leaves. Holibough Road, 1.5 miles north of Springport, Michigan, west side of road.|
|Crataegus punctata thorns|
Crataegus punctata is not named for holes punched in your hide by the fearsome thorns but for the dots (like punctuation marks) on the fruit. Leaves are held up in a perky attitude from twigs, almost like horse ears swiveling to find the source of a noise. Leaves have a few, small lesions and good foliage retention.
This species has a lot of potential. Fellow in the Ukraine is doing breeding work with them.
|Crataegus phaenopyrum, not native to Michigan but heavily planted.|
So this is a good year to sort through specimens for leaf health.