Midland Thorn

Midland Thorn, 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.

The Appearance

A small deciduous tree or large shrub with a rounded crown and lobed, dark green leaves. It produces clusters of white or pink flowers followed by red berries.


The Produce

In the autumn, it bears small, red or blackish fruit known as haws.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white or pink flowers in spring, followed by red berries in autumn.


The Leaves

In autumn, they may turn shades of red or orange before falling.


The Bark

The bark is gray and becomes more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands, hedgerows, and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and berries, as well as its use in hedging. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Midland Thorn is known for its dense, thorny branches, which make it an effective natural barrier and wildlife habitat.

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