University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Mayhaw (Crataegus spp.)

Mayhaw generally grows as a deciduous shrub, or small tree, with thorns and moderately small leaves of varying shapes depending on the species. The flowers of five white petals, sometimes six, bloom before the leaves appear. Mayhaw fruit are small (1/2 to 2/3 inches in diameter), round, yellow to bright red, fragrant, acid and juicy. The fruit resembles cranberries in appearance and crabapple in flavor. Mayhaw may be found growing naturally in North and Central Florida.