The Holmes’ hawthorn is displaying attractive fruits on the Fairway.
Crataegus holmesiana is one of approximately 230 northern temperate species, which occurs in eastern North America, where it grows in disturbed habitats, forest edges, meadows and fields. It can reach 10m in height; has thorned twigs; has simple, lobed or unlobed leaves; and the five-petalled flowers have distinct pink anthers. Here it has produced a proliferation of bright to deep red ellipsoid fruits, or pomes, which bring welcome interest to the late summer garden. The genus Crataegus is renowned for its strong, hard woods, and takes its name from the Greek kratos meaning strength.