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Old 09-01-2009, 03:27 PM   #7
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Kane County Wild Plants and Natural Areas by Dick Young

Dick Young says: "common--in woodlands and pastures. It is a scaly barked, wide-spreading tree to 20' with sharp, downward-curving 2" thorns and tapered, shiny, dark green leaves that turn a bronze to purple in the fall. It blooms in late May and early July and the late Sept. and Oct. apples are bland and pithy although soon consumed by wildlife."

It was actually a friend that suggested it, and I agreed based on characteristics. You are sure right though- hard to tell with the hawthorns!
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