Spring Forth with a Happy Little Hawthorne Tree
We have a little Hawthorne tree that sits under a canopy of tall evergreens, but it gets enough sun to bloom profusely each spring. Since I (Debb) appreciate Celtic mythology and fairy lore, this tree is especially enchanting to me.
In Ireland most of the isolated trees, or so called “ lone bushes,” found in the landscape and said to be inhabited by fairies, are Hawthorne trees. Such trees could not be cut down or damaged in any way. To do so, would incur the wrath of their sprite guardians. Bad luck!
Our tree is called Crimson Cloud, and it grows well in full sun, or part shade. The lightly scented blossoms explode in a profusion of color in the spring, specifically during the month of May. The flowers later develop into tiny red berries which are popular with birds.
To date, we’ve not spotted any wee folk dancing in the branches, but then Nature spirits can be quite shy. You can be sure we won’t be causing that Hawthorne tree any damage though - just in case. Who wants angry fairies in the midst?