Hawthorn is a very common bushy shrub or small tree that grows almost everywhere throughout the British Isles, and is the dominant species in most hedgerows.
It also grows in most broad-leaved woodlands alongside the Midland Hawthorn as part of the under-storey.
The frothy white fragrant flowers come out in May. It is often known as ‘May’ or ‘quick-thorn’, and can be made into wine.
The small round fruit known as the ‘haw’ changes in early September from green to scarlet. Wine can be made from the haws.