Mayhaws bloom in late March. These are growing behind an area that floods after a heavy rain. The dried plants were duckweed and there are a few inches of water there now.
I read that they grow in and around ponds and bogs to protect the trees from fire. Old trees frequently have dead limbs near the bottom. Fire may sweep across the area when pastures are burned in a controlled burn in a dry year.
Fruit is ripe early May. The fruits are small, about the size of the end of your finger. The skins are more tender than the peel of an apple. The pulp is slightly tart with large seeds for its size, more like the seeds of an apple. The fruits are boiled whole and the juice extracted to make jelly. Commercially prepared jelly is usually pink. Homemade jelly may be a bright red from more concentrated juice and have a better flavor.