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Crataegus monogyna

Also known as

Common Hawthorn, May, Hedgerow Thorn, Draenen Wen, English Hawthorn, Oneseed Hawthorn, May Thorn, Single-Seed Hawthorn, White Thorn, Singleseed hawthorn, Bread and cheese, Quick

Crataegus monogyna 4 by Franz Xaver (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Hawthorn Overview

Crataegus monogyna is a deciduous tree species in the Rosaceae family. Commonly known by the name Common Hawthorn. It forms a rounded shape, producing shiny, deeply lobed foliage. Sprays of cream coloured flowers are produced from spring. These develop into dark red berry fruits in autumn. Grow this hardy tree in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Hawthorn

How to propagate Hawthorn




By grafting of named clones.

Special features of Hawthorn

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Other uses of Hawthorn

Banks, hedging, specimen. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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