The thornless cockspur hawthorn is an excellent small tree with a wide-spreading plant form, growing to a height of 15 to 18 feet. Drought resistant, this tree has low water needs. It is resistant to cedar rust and has no serious pest problems.
Foliage is dark green and very glossy, turning bright gold in fall. Flowers are showy and borne in 2 to 3 inches clusters in spring. They are white and provide no fragrance. Fruit are a bright red, 3/4 inches pome. They are produced in masses and provide excellent color in late summer and early fall. Bark is exfoliating in thin gray strips, and provides winter interest.