Common Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna J.


NATURE deciduous tree
LEAF singular leaf
  Leaf edge: parted
Leaf shape: triangular
Nervation: feather-veined
FRUIT drupe
Medical value: The flowers are used as a heart-warming remedy. This variety is semi-poisonous for humans; the symptoms are stomach and intestinal infections, often with fever.
Use: At one time the wood was used for hammer and other tool handles, or for woodcarving of all sorts. Not one hawthorn variety is poisonous. The flowers and fruit can be made into condiments and alcoholic beverages. Common Hawthorn was used as a hedge to fence off meadows in former times.


Bloom. All months in which we can find blooming specimens. Regional differences may occur.
Harvest Time. All months in which we can find ripe fruits on trees. Unripe fruit can be found earlier on trees and shrubs. Sometimes even throughout the year, as happens with trees such as pines, this fruit ripens over several years.
Both flowers and ripe fruit may occur at the same time in some months.