Common hawthorn flowers


Hawthorns create natural and almost perfectly impenetrable barriers. The thorns of this classic and widespread hedgerow plant have proved too much for animals and humans alike for centuries. However, if left uncut they grow into strong trees of up to 14 metres tall. Also widely known as May or May-trees, hawthorns are steeped in tradition, and their masses of white, scented flowers are linked to the May Day festival. The flowers go on to produce red, berry-like fruits, or haws, that attract birds. The haws can also be made into some pretty fine jams, jellies and wines.

Scientific name: Crataegus monogyna

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Common hawthorn,
  • Haw,
  • May-tree,
  • Mayblossom,
  • Maythorn

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The Hawthorn can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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