Belongs to: rose family

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna

Also known as: may, quickthorn


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A common thorny hedgerow tree, also found in woods, with white flowers in spring followed by crimson berries or haws

Fast-growing (hence 'quickthorn') and tough, and therefore widely planted in hedges

A related species, the midland hawthorn, has two styles rather than just one and tolerates more shade

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Photo © Owen Keen

Photo © Owen Keen