Hello, I have a small hawthorn tree growing in my wildlife friendly garden and would like to know whether it is beneficial for me to keep it.  It is about 6 ft at the moment and I have not seen flowers or berries on it yet. Thank you.


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    One of the most beneficial native trees.  When it is mature it will have blossom and berries for the birds.  If appropriate you can grow clemetis up it if you wish.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,248

    I totally agree. 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,498

    Indeed - Hawthorn benefits about 150 species if I remember correctly.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,256

    Birds love to perch and nest in it as well. Even if you keep it  pruned small it will be good as a perch or nesting site.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • it is benifical for wild life ,I have one in the garden and allsorts of birds use it and insects alike.The berries they love in winter and provide that much needed meal.I have also growen hawthorn from seed.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,256

    something keeps gathering hawthorn seed up for me and I find it growing in little clumps. Voles or squirrels?. I could line out a new hedge with the babies.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,248

    i find little caches as well fb. I've got voles and mice but the squirrel only visits when the hazel nuts are ready

  • hi, I have 2 small seedling hawthorns growing in the garden, how quick do they grow, and any special requirements, i think they must have been left by either squirrles or birds, thanks in anticipation.

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