Roadside Hawthorn

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Roadside Hawthorn

Post by James Parton » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:36 pm

ENTS,

Last Friday I decided to re-visit an old friend who was in bloom at this time of year. It's a Hawthorn located just off the downramp from hwy 25 onto I-26 going towards Hendersonville, between Fletcher and Mountain Home. I last visited the tree back in the spring of 2005 when it was in bloom. I have noticed it bloom every spring as I pass by on my way to work or elsewhere. I stopped again to photograph it again this year. As far as the exact species I don't know. By my field guide it is the closest to Washington Hawthorn but still not an exact match. They are many species of Hawthorn and many hybridize.

I have always loved these unusual highly overlooked and often neglected trees. They have a beauty all their own.

James
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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by edfrank » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:45 pm

James,

I never paid any attention to the hawthorns until I saw the really big ones on my first canoe trip to the Allegheny River Islands. Now I seem to notice them all over the place. Nomenclature for the group is a total mess. This site:
http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/Searc ... =Crataegus seems to have taken a reasonable approach to the classification, but you still need to visit many sites to find adequate descriptions of various species if there are any adequate descriptions for the variety you have encountered.

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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by James Parton » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:59 pm

Ed,

Yeah, Identifying the individual species can be difficult. I'll check out the link.

Thanks: James
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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:58 am

I have no idea what type of Hawthorne these are but two behemoths (for Hawthornes) reside on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail just north of Glassmine Falls or the next overlook north along the Blue Ridge Parkway. If memory serves correctly, they're 35-45" cbh @ roughly 5,000 ft elevation.

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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by Rand » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:47 am

Ug, Rub it in james. We just emerged from the deep freeze this week in Ohio. First time with no snow on the ground for a month.

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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by James Parton » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:52 am

bbeduhn wrote:I have no idea what type of Hawthorne these are but two behemoths (for Hawthornes) reside on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail just north of Glassmine Falls or the next overlook north along the Blue Ridge Parkway. If memory serves correctly, they're 35-45" cbh @ roughly 5,000 ft elevation.
Glassmine Falls in NC? I will have to find and measure these!
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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by bbeduhn » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:22 am

They're right on the trail. When the road opens up, I'll try to get you an exact location.

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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by James Parton » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:28 am

Thank you. Hawthorns are among my favorite trees!
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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:48 am

The hawthorns are 2/10 mile south of Glassmine overlook. They're only about 30 yards apart and right next to the trail. The local MTS guidebook actually mentions the larger one as "the mother of all hawthorns". I want to revisit them as well.

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Re: Roadside Hawthorn

Post by James Parton » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:23 pm

bbeduhn wrote:The hawthorns are 2/10 mile south of Glassmine overlook. They're only about 30 yards apart and right next to the trail. The local MTS guidebook actually mentions the larger one as "the mother of all hawthorns". I want to revisit them as well.

They sound easy to find. I'll get up there when they open the Parkway up at those altitudes. Thanks for the tip-off.
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