Hawthorns are named for their sharp thorns. Fittingly, these trees are occasionally used in hedge rows to be a living fence. There are five species of hawthorn trees in Central Park; green hawthorns can be found west of the Great Lawn, and a downy hawthorn can be found near the south entrance of Conservatory Garden.

  • Leaves

    Small, 3 to 5 jagged lobes, resembling miniature maple leaves
  • Fruit

    Berries that can be fire-engine red to purple to yellow, loved by wildlife
  • Flower

    White to red
  • Bark

    Smooth when young; forming plates or ridges as they get older

Where to find the Hawthorn