Crataegus monogyna

Common Hawthorn
Crataegus monogyna
Crataegus monogyna
Crataegus monogyna
Crataegus monogyna

This is our native Hawthorn which is one of the first to flower in our hedgerows.

This small, deciduous tree makes a very striking specimen and the twisted branches add character.  During May it is covered in clusters of creamy-white flowers which have a delightful fragrance.

Hawthorn has been part of superstition and folklore since very early times.  The tree was supposed to ward off evil spirits and therefore I believe every house should have at least one!

Key Facts: 

Flowers:  Plentiful small white flowers, normally in May.

Fruit:  Roundish dark red berries.

Leaves:  Deeply cut pale to dark green leaves.

Autumn colour:  Wine-red to yellow-orange.

Ultimate height:  15m

Uses:  Very robust tree, not demanding at all, popular in hedges and even good as a specimen.