White Hawthorn Blossom
Missouri State Flower
The white hawthorn blossom was designated the official Missouri State Flower in 1923. Hawthorn is a woody plant that can reach heights of up to 25 feet. The pretty white blossoms appear in globe-like clusters and are a huge hit with bees, butterflies, and other migrating pollinators. Many species of the hawthorn tree grow well in the “Show Me State.” During the spring, streets are lined with beautiful white blossoms in neighborhoods from Kansas City to St. Louis.
Do you know why the plant is named hawthorn? It’s because the trees are thorny and produce an abundance of small fruits called haws. Hawthorn trees thrive in Missouri’s humid continental climate. They also provide food and shelter for many types of wildlife. The hawthorn’s large size and dense proportions create ideal habitats for birds and small mammals like rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons.
White Hawthorn Blossom Facts
Common Name: White Hawthorn Blossom
Scientific Name: Crataegus punctata
Year Adopted: 1923
Peak Bloom: May
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