wood id - thorns

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  1. Heem

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    I have aboot 1/2 acre that is covered in the smallish trees, about 4 inc diameter on average, some bigger. the bark is long almost straight vertical ribs, abot 1/4 inch depth. The small branches have thorns, and the higher ones have bright red berries. there are also numerous vines in this area, I don't know if they are related or separate plants altogether. For the life of me i cant remember what the leaves look like or if they produce any flowers.

    I'm in central Connecticut, but these things grow like mad, possibly an invasive species.


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    Sounds like a Hawthorne - or "Miinensagaawunzh" as the coastal Indians in New England called it.
    Gets pink flowers in May as is in the same family as roses and pears. One version of it in England is the Mayflower - thus the name of one of the boats that came over here. Gets red berry-like fruit and long thorns. I've gotten many a flat tire from the trees on my farm tractors.

    There are many other trees that have shorter thorns, like young black locust. But, locust loose them when they mature, Hawthornes don't. Hawthornes also tend to be full and bushing and a royal pain-in-the-ass to get rid off.
     
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    I agree, Hawthorn...Burn it!!
     
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    Sounds right, thanks guys. Good burning?
     
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