The Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) tree is a favourite with wildlife. The Hawthorn creates an attractive display in spring and autumn with its white blossom and red berries. In folklore the Hawthorn was a symbol of fertility and marriage. To fairies the Hawthorn was sacred and misfortune would fall upon anyone who felled a lone Hawthorn.
The Hawthorn (Quickthorn or May Tree) is a quick growing, common and useful hedging plant with thorny twigs creating a good barrier. Left uncut, Hawthorn can grow up to 18m.
Planning to plant as a hedge? For a single row hedge, plant at a rate of 4 trees per metre. For a staggered double row hedge, plant at a rate of 6 trees per metre. The current height of these trees is approximately 30-50cm and they can be planted out all year round.
RHS Perfect for Pollinators in Spring and Summer.
- Plant in dry, open and upland sites
- Likes most soil
- Pretty white flowers in May
- Garden tree or hedging plant