Thorny tree in Atlanta

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Date Photo Taken: 03/01/2014
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: rachelmast08


I was clearing out our backyard and chopped much of this tree because I thought it was privet. Upon closer inspection, I realized that each shoot off the branch ends in a sharp thorn. My searching points to hawthorn or autumn olive, but these leaves are small, round, and smooth. Additionally, the leaves are growing on the thorn, not around it.┬áThe tallest branches were probably 10-15 feet. I don’t recall ever noticing any fruit on the tree, but perhaps I never paid that much attention to it. Any ideas?


  1. stone Master Identifier says:

    Upside down branch kinda difficult to diagnose…
    Possible quince?

    March 1st, 2014 at 7:39 pm
  2. Rachel Unregistered says:

    Sorry for the photo. I wanted to be able to show the small leaves. I looked up quince photos and their l leaves seem much smaller. Maybe leaf size vary by variety?

    March 2nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  3. marksfam Leaf Lover says:

    Looks like pyracantha to me. I had it espaliered on a wall for years.

    March 3rd, 2014 at 11:57 am
  4. stone Master Identifier says:

    Pyracantha is another good guess…
    I blogged on that mess…

    March 3rd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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