The small fruits are eaten by rodents and many smaller birds. White tailed deer browse the young twigs and leaves.
Cockspur hawthorns are excellent in group plantings, deciduous screens, groupings, tall barrier hedge, and seasonal accent tree.
Thornless forms of this plant are now available in commerce and should be considered as user-friendly alternatives.
Plants are susceptible to cedar-hawthorn and cedar-quince rusts (rust stage where eastern red cedars are present in the area) and fireblight.
Cockspur Hawthorn, USDA
Cockspur Hawthorn, Missouri Botanical Garden