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Common hawthorn


Any of several species of spiny shrubs from the rose family (genus Cratageus) native to Europe and North America. Hawthorns produce small red or black fruit that are used in an ink recipe written by Theophilus in De Diversis Artibus (Kuhn 1986).

Synonyms and Related Terms

Cratageus; haw; thornapple; Tjørn (Dan.); Weißdorn (Deut.); aubépine (Fr.); meidoorn (Ned.); hagtornarv (Sven.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Dense shrub or hedge growing to 8 m.
  • Bark=smooth gray brown turning darker with age.
  • Twigs=most have 1 inch thorns.
  • Leaves= variable ( 5-10 cm long) and serrated or lobed.
  • Fruit= small pomes ( 0.5 cm), red when mature in fall.

Resources and Citations

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • : Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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