Rose Family

Hawthorn

Crataegus

There are many species of hawthorns. They are also known as thorn apples as the trees often have long thorns. The bark is scaly.

In England the tree was used to create fences. The name "haw" comes from the same root as the word hedge.

Flowers form in beautiful white clusters. The fruits are small and look a bit like apples or rose hips. Seeds inside are large. The fruits are eaten by animals and people.


Resources compiled by Dr. Loretta Kuse