A picture of a Common Hawthorn

Common Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna

Also known as

Singleseed hawthorn, Bread and cheese, May, Quick, White thorn, English hawthorn, Hawthorn

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Common Hawthorn
A photo of Common Hawthorn
Crataegus monogyna, Ports Down
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Common Hawthorn Overview

Crataegus monogyna is a deciduous tree species in the Rosaceae family. Commonly known by the name Common Hawthorn. It forms a rounded shape, producing shiny, deeply lobed foliage. Sprays of cream coloured flowers are produced from spring. These develop into dark red berry fruits in autumn. Grow this hardy tree in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Common Hawthorn

How to propagate Common Hawthorn




By grafting of named clones.

Special features of Common Hawthorn

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Other uses of Common Hawthorn

Banks, hedging, specimen. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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