Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, is a fast growing small tree of hedgerows, beautiful in flower. Hawthorn's habit makes it an ideal refuge for small birds, who feast on its red berries. As a hedge plant lays well and forms a good stockproof - and people proof - barrier. For this reason, its speed of growth (hence "Quickthorn") and tolerance of nearly all conditions, it is a popular hedge plant; after painstaking research the Victorians planted new hedges exclusively with it along railway embankments.There is evidence of Hawthorn being used in hedges since the Iron Age; its English name seems to have come from the Saxon words for hedge or enclosure and thorn. During the Enclosure movements of the 18th and 19th centuries it became very prevalent as a hedge plant; 200,000 miles of Hawthorn hedge were planted. In Anglo Saxon times it was often used as a boundary marker, and some Medieval trees still live on today.
Unlike Blackthorn it does not sucker and Hawthorn grows much quicker (hence "Quickthorn"), but the two trees are closely linked in a rich and ancient mythology. Hawthorn is still known in some parts as the Faerie Tree.
Although known as the May Tree, Hawthorn will flower anytime from March to as late as June, at higher altitudes. Its numbers and abundant flowers mean it is a very significant source of Spring nectar and edible winter berries. Its blossom also lent it the name "Whitethorn". Hawthorn is a foodplant for a number of lepidoptera species and is generally a wonderful wildlife hedge plant. Unsurprisingly it is an important constituent of our conservation hedge mix.
Provenance certificates are available on request for Hawthorn plants, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Hawthorn trees is donated to The Tree Council
Prices include VAT and delivery to mainland UK. Orders over £100 qualify for a bulk discount.
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. Our Hawthorn plants are all supplied bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March ( please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to two week's delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for hedge plants placed between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.