Hawthorn – Missouri's State Flower

Hawthorn is Missouri's official state flower emblem. It was Governor Arthur M. Hyde who signed the bill on March 16, 1923 naming it as their official flower. Hawthorn is a flower that belongs to the great rose family that bears the appearance of the apple group. It is known as the red or white haw that blossoms yellow green centers and outlines a white cluster. The country's department of agriculture encourages the cultivation and of the flower because of its beauty, fruit, and foliage.

It was made as the official state flower of Missouri because of its distinct features. It is a lovely flowering tree that is appropriate for shading the porch, decorating the grass, and lining the street. It is sturdy since it can be grown in open areas as well as in the city. The leaves are unevenly arranged, indented, lobed, and appearing like long thorns. During fall, the leaves change from green to golden yellow and with traces of purple, red, and maroon colors. By May, the tree blooms pink, red or white flowers that consist of 5 petals in not less than 2 inches of clusters. In late September or early October, the tree produces red, apple-shaped fruits that can be used to make jelly or jam. The fruits continue to fill the tree until the winter months. The twigs are slim, gray with dark red terminal buds, and with noticeable thorns. The barks are beige-gray externally that sheds off to show a cinnamon-colored second layer. This happens on the branches as the tree matures and grows. Younger trees often have silver-green branches that rarely bear thorns.

In general, hawthorn is a thick shrub or small tree. The unique characteristics of the tree make it a worthy state flower emblem that best represents the state of Missouri.