(Crataegus marshallii)
The Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Shrub to small tree with irregular, open crown; alternate, deciduous lacy leaves; greenish-tan, exfoliating bark and twigs with sharp spines.


Sandy, alluvial woods and low pastures.

Interesting Facts: 

Common name refers to the deeply cut foliage that looks similar to parsley. Flowers have a very conspicuous fishy or rotten scent. Fruit made into jellies, jams, or eaten raw. Tonics and teas from leaves used to treat heart diseases and high blood pressure.

.375” long, bright red, oblong drupe containing 1 to 3 seeds, maturing in fall.
Five white petals, red and white stamens, .625” wide, in clusters during early spring.
Wildlife value: 
Valuable nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators; foliage eaten by white-tailed deer; in fall/winter fruit consumed by songbirds and small mammals; serves as cover for insects and birds.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 1.50-4.00 inches
Tree height: 10.00-30.00 feet

Where to find Parsley Hawthorn on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

TER - Walker Terrace 35.0

BCY - Bald Cypress Loop 2.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.