Name: Midland Hawthorn
Scientific name: Crataegus laevigata
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 50
About: A shrub of hedgerows and woodland edges. Thorny, with pinky-white flowers during May and masses of red fruits ('haws') during the winter.
How to identify: Told from the much more frequent Common Hawthorn by the more shallowly lobed leaves and having two seeds in each fruit. More frequently found in woodland.
Where: Central and Southern England.
Fantastic fact: It is bad luck to cut hawthorn trees, except when they are in flower.
Photograph credit: Josh Jackson