Name: Hawthorn, Whitethorn or May tree

Scientific name: Crataegus monogyna

Irish name: Sceach gheal

Provenance: Native

Family: Rosaceae

Leaf/Needle: Deciduous leaf/Simple leaf

Growth: Fast

Height: 15 meters

Flowering: Late spring, known as the “May Blossom”

Pollination: Insects

Seed dispersal: Birds and animals

Value to wildlife: High

Timber use:
Turning, firewood and charcoal

Believed to have magical powers especially associated with the little people or  fairies, a lone tree or bush hold the greatest respect and fear from folk! Its blossoms and thorns are a symbol of Maytime hence the name May tree.

Ogham Alphabet:
Ogham letter hUath (Fear) H
6th consonant of the Ogham alphabet
7th month of the Ogham tree calendar

Classification in early Irish law:
Aithig fedo (commoner of the wood)