Osteomeles anthyllidifolia

COMMON NAME

ʻŪlei or Hawaiian hawthorn

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

Rosaceae

NOTES

A sprawling shrub with flexible, prostrate branches that can eventually develop into a large shrub up to 10 feet tall. The glossy green leaves are about 3 inches long and made of up of 15 to 25 small leaflets. The white, slightly fragrant flowers grow in small clusters of 3 to 6 blossoms at the ends of the branches.‘Ūlei has very hard, flexible wood. Hawaiians used those attributes in several ways. Large, older branches and trunks were used to make digging sticks (‘ō’ō), fish spears or a musical instrument called the ‘ukēkē (mouth harp).

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Hawaii

NATIVE HABITAT

Dry to mesic forests, shrublands, coastal areas, and lava plains

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

2.hawaii.edu

hihort.blogspot.com



Osteomeles anthyllidifolia