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  • Location: Gravelly open field. East of Toronto.
  • Date: August 4, 2022
  • Description: Shrub; alternating leaves; 8 feet tall; trunk is 1.5 inches wide at the base.
  • Tip: It's possible to zoom in on the photos by clicking them a couple of times

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Almost certainly Hawthorn (Crataegus) genus. This is a fairly common genus of flowering and fruiting shrubs to small trees that produce white flowers in the spring and small red apple-shaped (pome) fruit in autumn. Species are found wild all over the Northern Hemisphere and are invasive in a number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

They are characteristically quite thorny (as you can see in your photos 2 and 3), with the spikes being actually short stems. Leaves arise from the short spurs off stems and several species have deeply lobed and/or serrated leaves (leaves have both in your photos).

There are quite a few species, but which one this is, I don't know.

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