Trees


Hawthorn
Willow
Crab Apple


Hawthorn


This is the most common hedgerow shrub. Hawthorn flowers are called 'May Blossom' and its berries are called 'Haws'. Hawthorn is typically seen as a dense thorny shrub but will readily form a small tree up to 12m high. Flowers appear in dense clusters in late May and early June. There is dark or bright red fruit about 7-14mm long containing a single seed.

 


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Willow
These trees usually grow near water and are found along the canal. In early spring, willows produce upright clusters of tiny, yellow greenish flowers. These flower clusters are called catkins because in some cases of willow they resemble a cat's tail. The female flower develops a flask-shaped pod that splits open and releases tiny seeds with white silky hairs. The twigs of willow are soft, slender and bend easily. The wood is used to make baskets and furniture. Willow wood also produces a high grade of charcoal. The bitter bark yields tannin, which is used to tan leather.

 

 

 


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Crab Apple
The crab apple tree is a small spreading tree often with a dense crown and large twisted branches. The bark is brown and cracked into scales. There are toothed leaves three to eleven centimetres long. alternate oval or almost circular. Flowers have five petals and are three to four centimetres in diameter. They are white and pinkish and appear in clusters with the leaves. The fruit is almost three centimetres long and is smaller than that of the cultivated apple. The colour of the fruit is yellow green flushed with red and it is hard and sour. It flowers in May and June.

 


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Ms. Dillon's 4th class provided the information for this page.