The shrub that we call a “Thornapple” has red fruits this time of year. The birds like the fruits.
Here are the little apples.
Here you can see some of the thorns. This shrub is often called Fireberry Hawthorn. I will call it Crataegus sp. because that is as close to a scientific name as I can come up with. The locals call it a Thornapple because it has thorns and apples. If you were starving in the woods you could eat these berries…they will taste sweet. No I have never tasted one.
We use parts of this woody shrub. It makes a wonderful stem for the upright Lady Slippers that we carve…it looks very realistic.