6. HAWTHORN


6- HAWTHORN

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.

HAWTHORN FLOWERS CLOSE-UP

HAWTHORN FLOWERS CLOSE-UP

crataegus berries

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

HAWTHORN TAPENADES

HAWTHORN TAPENADES

 

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).

PINK FLOWERING HAWTHORN -CRATAEGUS LAEVIGATA 'ROESA FLORE PLENA'

PINK FLOWERING HAWTHORN -CRATAEGUS LAEVIGATA ‘ROESA FLORE PLENA’