Hawthorn is a medium-sized, bushy screening tree that provides excellent habitat for small birds like sparrows. It is suitable for most challenging spots, tolerating dappled shade, poor or flood-prone soil, and exposed coastal sites. Old hawthorn trees are great characters, all gnarled and twisted with plenty of crevices for wildlife.
"Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn."