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is a species of hawthorn
Crataegus , commonly called hawthorn or thornapple, is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the rose family, Rosaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. The name hawthorn was originally applied to the species native to northern Europe,...
that is native to much of the continental US and Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...
. Common names fireberry hawthorn
and goldenberry hawthorn
, as well as the scientific name all refer to the colour of the unripe fruit, although the mature fruit is red.
Three varieties C. chrysocarpa
, var. piperi
, and var. vernonensis