About This Plant

Hawthorn is a thorny shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Crataegus. It is recognised for its clusters of white or pink flowers, followed by small red or black berries called haws. Hawthorn is often used for ornamental purposes in gardens and landscaping due to its attractive foliage and flowers. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it has been used in traditional herbal medicine for its potential health benefits, particularly for the cardiovascular system.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are alternate, simple, and usually have serrated edges. They are often lobed and vary in shape.

Produce

The flowers give way to small, red or dark red fruit known as haws. These are berry-like pomes, typically measuring around 1 cm in diameter. The fruit persists on the tree into the autumnal months and is an essential food source for various birds.
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