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Tree  Hawthorn Trees

Hawthorn Tree - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying trees? Try the colourful fold out chart called "Tree Name Trail" from the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Crataegus monogyna

Size: Grows up to 11m high.

Distribution: Found throughout most of the UK.

Flowering months: May to June.

Special features: Used for centuries as a hedgerow plant. Once established, a hawthorn hedge, with its sharp spiky thorns, can create a very secure barrier. In fact the word hawthorn literally means hedgethorn.

The flowers which appear in May have a heavy scent. The red berries which develop in September are a popular winter food for wild birds.

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