This is our native Hawthorn which is one of the first to flower in our hedgerows.
This small, deciduous tree makes a very striking specimen and the twisted branches add character. During May it is covered in clusters of creamy-white flowers which have a delightful fragrance.
Hawthorn has been part of superstition and folklore since very early times. The tree was supposed to ward off evil spirits and therefore I believe every house should have at least one!
Flowers: Plentiful small white flowers, normally in May.
Fruit: Roundish dark red berries.
Leaves: Deeply cut pale to dark green leaves.
Autumn colour: Wine-red to yellow-orange.
Ultimate height: 12m
Uses: Very robust tree, not demanding at all, popular in hedges and even good as a specimen.