Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna


Shrub or small tree from 2 to 10 metres. Branches spiny, leaves wedge shaped and deeply 3 to 7 lobed. Flowers white (sometimes pinkish) 8 to 15 mm fragrant with rounded petals and usually 1 style. Berry red containing a single stone.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, thickets, woodland.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain except in the extreme north.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 606 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map