Hawthorns are small trees in the genus cratageus. There are somewhere between 300 and 1,000 species of hawthorn in North America (botanists disagree on the numbers). Between the different species, hybridization is common. This is one genus with a tremendous amount of genetic diversity.
Hawthorns are excellent trees for people, wildlife, and livestock. The berries can be made into preserves, but they are more commonly used for medicine. Hawthorn berries are known to improve circulation to the heart.
The fruits are eaten by a wide variety of wildlife, from grouse to song birds to turkeys, deer, possums, racoons, and just about anything that eats apples.
Winter King- Very few thorns, holds onto its fruit deep into winter providing beauty and food for wildlife during a critical time of year.