In your garden
The hawthorn has been used over the centuries as a hedging plant and holds great potential for wildlife in your garden.
The tree can provide nourishment for a variety of insects, including caterpillars, moths and bees, which will all happily gorge themselves on the plant, and many birds enjoy the antioxidant rich berries and the shelter of the tree’s thorny branches, so don’t be surprised if your garden gains a few extra residents once or twice a year. The hawthorn will grow in most soils, but for it to reach its full blossoming potential you’ll want to place it in direct sunlight.
Threats your hawthorn may face
Hawthorn trees are susceptible to aphid attack and gall mites, so you may want to consider companion planting – planting another species of tree close by in order to protect one another from pests like these – the ecologically friendly way of lessening pest numbers. In addition, the bacterial disease fireblight may also cause a few issues unless you regularly check for infected branches and remove them to prevent it spreading.
A few things you may not know about your hawthorn tree: