Hawthorn hedging plants are well known for their white spring flowers and bright red 'haws'. Interestingly, 'haw' is actually the Old English word for hedge, but it now refers to the fruits on this thorny shrub.
Hawthorn is a native, deciduous shrub, ideal for garden hedging. Best4hedging stock a range of sizes suitable for any garden. It is also one of the key ingredients in our mixed native hedging packs. These pre-mixed packs provide you with a wonderful array of native plants for a variety of purposes.
Hawthorn hedging creates a fantastic habitat for an array of British wildlife. The fruits are devoured by many types of birds, including blackbirds, bluetits and chaffinches whilst the thorny branches and dense foliage provides shelter. Small mammals like mice and voles and birds such as waxwings and thrushes seek sanctuary in hawthorn trees and shrubs.
The shallow, white flowers are a great source of nectar to butterflies and honey bees. Hawthorn nectar produces a wonderful quality honey that is dark amber in colour.
An organic tonic can be made from the bark of crataegus monogyna to treat heart and kidney problems. The flowers and berries can also be used to make a decoction (mashing then boiling in water) to cure sore throats.
The more adventurous you are in the kitchen the better! The berries make a lovely liquor to go with brandy and can also be used to make jellies and wines.
It seems every part of the hawthorn plant can be utilised in some way. The bark is said to be an excellent quality fuel as it makes the hottest wood-fire.
Hawthorn plants have had many different meanings through history. In Greece, married couples were crowned with hawthorn blossoms whilst the wedding parties carried torches of hawthorn wood.
Planting hawthorn is thought to bring good luck. By planting a hawthorn hedge around your home it will ward off evil spirits, and it is thought that planting a tree near other trees or houses will prevent lightning strikes.
Hawthorn can be referred to by a number of different names. Look out for: Common hawthorn, Quick hawthorn, May hawthorn, Quickthorn and of course, the Latin name Crataegus monogyna.
If you're still undecided, take a look at Best4hedging's range of flowering hedging for more inspiration!
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