Priestgate

Thorn

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. 

Flowering early in the year – March/April, but after Blackthorn.

This species is called monogyna, which means ‘one seed’. Most thorns have more than one inside the berry.