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Crataegus azarolus

Azerolier
Mediterranean Medlar

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

white

Flower size

15-20 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Pinnately lobed

Height

3-10 m

Description

In bloom, the Crataegus azarolus has a strong, sweet smell. The young twigs have a white cottony appearance, changing with maturity into smooth, blackish branches with a few spines. The leaves are bright green above, hairy beneath when young.

Dry hillsides, woodland, rocky places, field boundaries in lowland as well as in the mountains.

Flowers

The flowers have 5 petals, white or flushed with pink, usually notched at the tip, borne in dense clusters dispersed on the branches.

Leaves

Pinnately lobed leaf with lobes both sides of a central midrib. Deeply lobed with 3, sometimes 5, narrow lobes.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: oval in shape, reddish-orange or yellow, size of a blueberry. A drupe has outer fleshy parts, surrounding a shell/pit with a seed inside.

Edible

Fruit: in compotes or jellies.

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