H is for Hawthorn

This is one tree we squirrels do not like to climb, even if it does have ‘haws’ on it that are worth fighting the birds for. The name should give you readers a clue why: hawTHORN.

Yep, those things are wicked.

The lucky bees just fly to the flowers to get their treat.

And they do, in droves, in late May. There are many different species of Hawthorn, Crataegus, and many are valuable as an early food source for bees. Check out the list on the EcoBeneficial blog.

The Hawthorn tree is perfect for suburban yards–they get from 15 to 30 feet high. But they do need full sun and are prone to a number of  fungi and rust diseases. More than 25 series of songbirds eat the haws, which some people refer to as pomes or apples.

But don’t forget the thorns!


Purchase plants and seeds from a known source that does not use pesticides / insecticides, particularly neonicotinoids. They are not safe for honeybees and native bees. Watch this bee researcher’s Ted Talk to learn more about bees, why they are dying and how you can help:

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing


7 thoughts on “H is for Hawthorn

  1. Oh, this theme is fantastic! I don’t have time right now to say more except that I remember helping grandmother prepare elderberry jam. Yum. Happy Blogging and thank you for sharing.

    • That is so cool that they are grown as bonsai! We squirrels didn’t know that. We’ll get up a photo of our neighborhood’s tree. Thanks for leaping over! Nutmeg

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