Midland Hawthorn - Crataegus laevigata

    Description

    Shrub or small tree with spiny branches. Leaves not deeply lobed (rarely reaching half way to the midrib). Flowers white 9 to 12 mm and usually with 2 or 3 styles. Berry red generally with 2 or 3 stones.

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    Habitat

    Hedgerows and scrub and woodland.

    When to see it

    Early May to June.

    Life History

    Deciduous.

    UK Status

    Most common in central and southern England (south of the Humber). Uncommon in Wales, Scotland, south-west England and East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 280 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map