Hawthorn (Crataegus) is a large genus of shrubs and trees well suited to planting as ornamental trees, street trees and garden hedging. They are well loved for their white spring flowers which are particularly symbolic in many cultures; autumn berries and thorny foliage which provides a protected zone for wildlife. The common Crataegus monogyna has white flowers as do a number of other varieties, but there are also Hawthorn trees with pink flowers right through to the deep pink/red colour of the Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet variety.
Etymology of the Hawthorn tree
Haw refers to the fruit but it is actually the Old English name for hedge. It is a common misunderstanding that the phrase: 'Ne'ver cast a clout till May is out' means do not shed your winter clothes until the month of May ends but it actually refers to the appearance of flowers on Hawthorn trees (or Maythorn) as the symbol of summer starting - Hawthorn is the only British tree to be named after its flowering period.
Common Names include: Hawthorne tree, Maythorn, Thornapple, May-tree, Whitehorn and Hawberry.
Hawthorn trees are of great benefit to British wildlife. Mature Hawthorn trees can support more than 300 types of insects. Their fruits are eaten by birds, such as thrushes and waxwings (who disperse the seeds in their droppings) and small mammals. The white flowers provide a good source of nectar for bees.
Ornamental Tree Nurseries have a great range of Hawthorn trees, including white pink, or red flowering; Chinese varieties and more unusual species of hawthorn tree. For further advice in finding the right Hawthorn tree for your garden, please contact our Ornamental Trees Sales and Service department on 01257 265232 or email us at email@example.com.
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