Blackthorn flowers appear before the leaves and the Hawthorn leaves appear before the flowers.
In England, in May, you can't
miss the Hawthorn. It is an extremely common tree in the English countryside,
especially in hedges. Hawthorns are virtually synonymous with hedges. As
many as 200,000 miles of Hawthorn hedge were planted in the Parliamentary
between 1750 and 1850. The name 'haw' derives from 'hage', the Old English
The tree gives its beautiful display of flowers in late April/early May. It is known as the May Tree and the blossom itself is called May. Source.
12 May 2020
Hill from the western towpath of the River
The silver blossom the Hawthorn
Hawthorn, Downs Link (Mill Hill in the background)
I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
(Shakespeare's Sonnet 18)
4 May 2020
was splendidly in blossom, best seen
from the western towpath north of Old
Shoreham. I think the peak blossom is yet to show though.
April showers bring forth May flowers.
The first Hawthorn of the year flowered on the verges of the footpath section of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
The Blackthorn at the same location had disappeared reduced to a solitary flower.
19 March 2020
Blackthorn was flowering in the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham, one bush ahead of the rest.
18 March 2020
Blackthorn at Cuckoo's Corner
At Cuckoo's Corner, the Blackthorn bush was profusely in flower.
16 March 2020
Mill Hill Copse
Top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham
22 April 2019
Buckingham Road, Shoreham
Blackthorn dominated the white blossom plentiful in the hedgerows and amongst the scrub on the downs. Cherry Plum had virtually finished and so had the early Blackthorn, but Hawthorn was yet to flower in the wild.
29 March 2019
was in flower and Hawthorn was
in leaf at Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
28 March 2019
was simultaneously in flower near the
Road, Old Shoreham.
The sepals are reflexed (like in the Bulbous Buttercup) in Cherry Plum.