English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) is a large shrub to small tree growing up to 20 feet tall. It is native to the Midlands of Great Britain with a wide distribution throughout western and central Europe. The flower color is variable, tending to be pink or red.
In Celtic lore, the fairies had an affinity for hawthorn, which was one of the Three Sacred Trees, along with oak & ash. Even today in Ireland & Wales, there are those still making hawthorn wreaths to leave out for fairies or angels. Many modern Wiccans & Neo-Druids keep some of the traditions about hawthorn alive, notably an ancient peasant practice from England of hanging ribbons on hawthorns during their May bloom. The lingering folkloric practice consists of attaching a ragged cloth or ribbon on a hawthorn at the crossroads for luck and the granting of wishes. For Wiccans, the use of specific colors adds to the magick. On the hawthorn, they may hang a pink ribbon to wish for love, a blue ribbon to wish for protection, a green ribbon to wish for wealth, & a purple or indigo ribbon to wish for more comprehensive occult knowledge. When placed around doors and windows, hawthorn will prevent people from entering your home in an astral state, while protecting against spirit entry. Hawthorn is very protective in nature and is used in amulets for protection from baneful magick and spirits. Further, it is associated with love, marriage, health, and fertility.
Cultivation: Plant prefers well-drained garden soils and is relatively drought and cold tolerant, requiring little care once established. Sow the seeds anytime. It will take about a year for them to come up. Sow about 5 seeds per gallon pot, 1/2 to 1 inch deep, and mulch with decomposed leaves. Label well. Keep the pot in the cool shade, and water occasionally, especially if rain or snowfall is not abundant. Once seedlings emerge, they may be pricked to individual pots and grown on for a year or more, until the trees are large enough to transplant to the landscape.
Packet of 10 organic English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) seeds.