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Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna

Used as a hedgerow plant, the hawthorn is a hardy species. Hawthorn is used as a natural alternative to barbed wire as a stock-proof hedge plant. The hawthorn grows as either a tree or a shrub throughout the UK.

Conservation status

Not threatened.

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Young hawthorn leaves were sometimes used in the making of tea in times when the real product was a luxury item. The name ‘hawthorn’ derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘hagathorn’ or ‘haegthorn’ and refers to its use as hedging (the Old English 'haga' meaning hedge). The scientific name 'Crataegus' derives from the Greek 'kratos' meaning 'strong' relating to the hardness of the wood.

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