About This Plant

Midland Thorn, scientifically known as Crataegus laevigata, is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to Europe and Western Asia. It is commonly referred to as the ‘Midland Hawthorn’ or ‘English Hawthorn.’ This species is known for its distinctive foliage, which consists of deeply lobed leaves with serrated edges. It is valued for its role in wildlife conservation, providing food and shelter for birds and insects.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are alternate, lobed, and serrated, with a shiny dark green colour. In autumn, they may turn shades of red or orange before falling.

Produce

In late spring, it produces fragrant white or pinkish flowers in clusters, which are not only visually appealing but also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. In the autumn, it bears small, red or blackish fruit known as haws.
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