The white blossom of hawthorn is seen everywhere around the countryside in May. It is widely planted as a hedgerow plant and it is armed with spiny thorns which make it effective at stopping animals. The white flowers have a sweet smell and the trees is also called white thorn or may bush.
In autumn the red fruits are produced in great quantity, although they are not widely used. You can however make a delicious tapanade from them. Hawthorn Tapenade Recipe
The native hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna is not widely planted by gardeners apart fro Other species m hedging.are planted, more often varieties with pink or red coloured flowers like C. laevigata ‘Rosea Fore Pleno’ (pink) or C. laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ (red).