What do you know–some common names are correct! The Hawthorn is living up to one of its–May-apple–with the ‘pome’ fruits beginning to ripen now, in May.
We took a look at this small tree’s other names, and we squirrels feel they are just as descriptive of some hawthorn characteristics:
Whitethorn = the blossoms are white, the branches are covered in thorns, as seen in this post.
Thornapple = again, the thorns and the ‘apple’ fruits.
Hawberry = those do look like berries, though scientifically they aren’t. Haw is an old English name for hedge, which these trees would make a mighty fine one of, in our humble opinion, but we understand that this is what people call the fruits over there.