|An eye-catching swathe of red haws (hawthorn fruit) on Lake Shore just east of Leslie (taken Dec. 6, 2013)|
I'm guessing, thanks to an evening of obsessive web browsing, that these are Washington hawthorn (also called Washington thorn – both with the species name Crataegus phaenopyrum). Some good info from the Missouri Botanical Garden here, good pictures from Online Plant Guide, and from a Canadian source I just discovered, Michael Pascoe's Canada Plants. Can you confirm my guess?
|My guess is based partly on the pendant, persistent and abundant clusters of red haws. While these are beginning to dry, you can tell they were once quite glossy.|
|This shot gives you a good look at the thorns. Haws plus thorns equal hawthorns. These ones are long. Having elbowed my way into the tree's crown to get this photo, I can also attest to their sharpness.|
|Looking east lets you appreciate their massed beauty.|
|A few weeks earlier, the same view would have looked something like this.|
|In close-up, the leaf shape is somewhat variable – not consistently three-lobed. Great colour, though.|