The Berries Gallery:

Berries portrait of
Crataegus ambigua
Russian Hawthorn




Hawthorn berries ripen to red in early autumn,
cling to the branches all winter so that there is
color in the garden even when all the leaves
have fallen, & there are still a few
bright berries lingering at the height of spring.

When the hawthorn trees are in full bloom in
May, there are still some of last year's
bright red hawberries with the flowers!
By the time the previous years berries are
blackening & falling to the ground, they'll
be replaced by new green berries.




The berries of the hawthorn trees have been green
for some while, but in September are rapidly
going through shades of green & yellow
toward pink & finally bright red. They're
shown in all these colors on these overhead
branches of a tree near the staircase down to the street.




By the tail end of September, the berries in the
most sun are an intense shiny red. The berries are
still so tart when fully reddened they taste just awful,
& even birds won't eat them until they've
gone through a few frosty days in winter &
begin to sweeten up. This means they
last in the garden a very long while. See the berries
still beautiful on naked winter branches in the
Winter Berries Gallery: Hawthorn.

For more about Russian Hawthorns, see the primary
Crataegus ambigua page

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