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Common Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 white petals and 1 style. Anthers pink or purple.
Fruit:
The red berries are called 'haws'. Each haw contains a stone, or large seed.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree or shrub. Each leaf has 3 to 5 deep, round lobes and grows up to 6cm long. Leaves are stalked.
Maximum Size:
15 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten raw and used in salads. It's best to eat them in spring before they become tough and unpalatable. The leaves, flowers and berries can all be used to make tea. The berries can be used to make jams and jellies. The seeds inside Hawthorn berries contain cyanide so should not be eaten. Hawthorn berries have many health benefits including improving digestion, heart health and blood pressure.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers fragrant.
Other Names:
English Hawthorn, Hawberry, Hedgerow Thorn, Mayblossom, Maythorn, May-tree, One-seed Hawthorn, Quickthorn, Single-seeded Hawthorn, Thornapple, Whitethorn.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, mountains, parkland, scrub, woodland.