Latin Name : Crataegus monogyna
Used on its own, this deciduous tree forms an impenetrable barrier to both people and large animals. As its common name suggests, it is, like many other plants, covered in thorns, so mind fingers and eyes. An extremely tough and hardy plant, it is also commonly planted with other native species, including Holly, Blackthorn and Hazel to produce a “rural” style of hedging. Its specific name – monogyna – refers to the fact that its berries have only one seed in them. Most other thorns have only one seed, and this gives us a further point of identification if in doubt.