Crataegus monogyna | Hawthorn | Sceach geal
Flowers: May - June; clusters of white or rarely pink flowers
Fruits: Red berries
Twigs & bark: Twigs grey, smooth with spines; bark grey/brown and fissured when mature
Hedgerows and open woods and scrub in a wide range of soils.
Widespread and common, often planted.
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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Traditionally used for hedge laying, providing an effective barrier to livestock. The berries (haws)are commonly made into jellies, jams, syrups and used to make wine. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings. It was believed to be a fairy tree and placing a sprig of hawthorn in the milking parlour would ensure the higher production of creamier milk.