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May - Hawthorn or May (Crataegus monogyna)

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The Hawthorn is now flowering. Its flowering is meant to herald the arrival of summer and warm weather, hence the saying 'Ner cast a clout until the May is out' in other words don't pack away winter clothing until it flowers. Hawthorn is a thorny shrub or tree (up to 10m) with dark green deeply lobed leaves. It flowers in spring (May-June), producing white clustered flowers very like those of Blackthorn with which it is often confused. In late summer it forms bright oval red fruits 'haws'. It is very common in hedgerows, scrub and woodlands particularly in heavy soils. Picture taken at the Old Warden railway cutting 12th May 2006.

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13th May 2006 by Diane Earl

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Biology, Science

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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