View your shopping bag
Items: (0) £0.00 (VAT Free) Checkout
  • Browse Hawthorn Tree | Crataegus

Hawthorn Tree | Crataegus

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. 

 

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. 

Common Names include: Hawthorne tree, Maythorn, Thornapple, May-tree, Whitehorn and Hawberry. 

 

Wildlife benefits of the hawthorn tree

Hawthorn trees are of great benefit to British wildlife. 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. 

 

Culinary and cultural uses of the hawthorn tree

  • The berries from Chinese Hawthorn (Crataegus Pinnatifida) are called shanzha and are used to make jellies, jams, juices, alcoholic beverages and snacks known as haw flakes and tanghulu. In South Korea they are called sansachun and used to make liquor.
  • In the U.S the three native varieties of the hawthorn tree are known as mayhaws and the jelly made from the fruit is a delicacy.
  • In Iran the fruits are called zalzalak and they are eaten raw as a snack.
  • The leaves of the hawthorn tree, which are edible when young and tender, go well in salads.
  • On Manitoulin Island in Canada the red fruits are called hawberries. In the Pioneer days, white settlers survived by eating hawthorne fruits during winter as they were the only food source available. Now people born there are called haweaters! 

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 sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk.

Hawthorn Tree | Crataegus
Now £44.99 (ex. VAT)
Was £49.99 (ex. VAT)  
You Save £5.00 (ex. VAT) (10%)

Buy | View ›

From £49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

£49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

£49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

From £49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

£49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

£49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

£49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

From £49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›

From £49.99 (ex. VAT)

Buy | View ›