Hawthorn in May time

Look for these distinctive flowers in the trees in your neighbourhood woods and hedges and you will have found the best medicinal hawthorn tree!

Gathering Hawthorn leaves in Spring

How to Dry and Steep Hawthorn Leaves to Make the Tea

Drying and steeping procedures are shown. Steeping time is 14 minutes. Berries are also discussed. August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption, and we are to offer these leaves to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Monday after her feast day and ask her to bless them. This tea is mild tasting and is meant to help us with respiratory congestion. May Christ our Lord bless you all.

How to Identify English Hawthorn trees, Part 1, the Baby Tree

This is the first of 2 videos on looking at baby English Hawthorn trees (Crataegus monogyna). Look at the commonalities, such as the leaf shape. Look at the differences with the growth of the thorns. Interesting! The opening photo shows berries that are not yet ripe. They should be red before you pick them for the seeds.

How to Identify English Hawthorn trees, Part 2, the Baby Tree

These little scrappers should be called spear trees! In this very short video, we discover how the side thorns shoot out to become the branches for the tree! Just wondrous! Remember, where the baby trees are, the mama and papa trees will be in the vicinity. The Latin name of English Hawthorn is Cragaegus monogyna.

How to Identify the Mature English Hawthorn tree

Learn how to see the smaller, uniquely-shaped leaves, the spotted silvery trunks, and the long, sharp, dark thorns. An important video to see, since the English Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is the easiest hawthorn to find in a forested area. Happy hunting!

Grandmother English Hawthorn Is a Must-See!

This tree probably was the first planted in this area. English Hawthorn is originally a European native.

On the Monday after August 15, (the Feast of the Assumption)!

Now is the time to collect the hawthorn leaves and offer them to our Blessed Mother on the Monday after August 15, so that they will heal us from the disease with a burning fire; see prophecy at the end of this post.  

Hawthorn grows as a tree or as a bush. The photos above are of the species craetagus monogyna (English hawthorn), but there are many other hawthorne trees that you can find throughout North America and the world, and the leaves are usually tooth-like (think of a saw for cutting wood).

The key thing to look for is thorns growing out of branches.


IMPORTANT:  If you are purchasing a hawthorn tree, be sure to purchase a deciduous tree, which means it will lose its leaves in the autumn.  Remember, evergreen leaves tend to be poisonous (ex:  rhododendrons).  


Common Types of Hawthornes to be Found:

Black hawthorn   (Crataegus douglasii)

Cockspur hawthorn   (Crataegus crus-galli)

Columbia hawthorn   (Crataegus columbiana)

Dotted hawthorn   (Crataegus punctata)

Downy hawthorn   (Crataegus mollis)

English hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha)

Fanleaf hawthorn   (Crataegus flabellata)

Fireberry hawthorn   (Crataegus chrysocarpa)

Fleshy hawthorn   (Craetaegus succulenta)

One-seeded hawthorn   (Crataegus monogyna)

Pear hawthorn   (Crataegus calpodendron)

Scarlet hawthorn      (Crataegus coccinea)

Washington hawthorn  (Crataegus phaenopyrum)


Please read the prophecy about this:


A Disease with a Blazing Fire


“Grave diseases will arrive, which human craftsmanship will be unable to relieve. Which disease will attack first the heart, then the mind, and at the same time the tongue. That will turn out horrible. The heat accompanying the disease will be a devouring fire, intolerable and so violent that the parts of the body touched with it will be red from an intolerable redness. At the end of seven days, that disease, scattered around like seed in a field, will rapidly grow on every side, realizing immense progressions.


“My children, here is the only remedy with the power of saving you. You know the leaves of the thorns which are growing in almost all the hedges. The leaves of those thorns may arrest the progression of that disease.


“You will pick up the leaves, not the branch. Even dried up, they will retain their efficacy. You place them in boiling water, leaving them for fourteen minutes, keeping the container covered, so that the steam remain inside. From the very start of the attack by the disease, that remedy will have to be used three times a day.


“On the Monday after my Assumption, you will offer those leaves of the thorn-bush to me, and you will pay attentive heed to my words.


“My children, that disease will be strong in Brittany. The thought of God will be much lesser around there . . . the disease will produce a continuous sickness on the stomach, vomiting. If the remedy is taken in too late, the touched parts of the body will turn out black, and through the black part there will be traces turning to pale yellow. (August 5, 1880).”

[Source:  p. 270, Prophecies of La Fraudais].


Reflection on this prophecy:

Autumn would seem to be arriving sooner this year. The leaves are getting harder on the branch, already beginning to fall from trees. So we must begin to think of gathering and storing leaves from wild-growing hawthorn hedges. Not all areas have these, so begin looking now.  Look where weeds are allowed to grow unhindered.

We must gather the leaves, even dry ones from the ground, and put them into an airtight container. Then we must pour hot water over one or two leaves and cover this, letting it steep for 14 minutes. Then we uncover the cup of tea and drink it immediately.  We are to do this three times a day.

Our Holy Mother tells Marie-Julie that this tea “may arrest the progression of that disease”; however, we must take the tea when we first see redness or feel burning heat. So those leaves must be well labelled and in our cupboard with our other teas.

Come the Monday after the feast of her Assumption, we are to offer her the leaves of the hawthorn bush to her, so that she may bless them. In this way, we are obtaining our Holy Queen’s blessing upon these leaves so that they heal us when the time comes. 

Well, this coming Monday (August 21, 2017) is the Monday after the Feast of her Assumption! Spend this weekend looking for these leaves. Mark the offering on your calendar so that you do not forget to do this important offering!

CRUCIAL: How to Find Hawthorn in Your Area

Quick Recognition:  Smooth shiny sharp thorns; showy 5-petaled flowers in flat-topped clusters; broad rounded terminal buds; small apple-like fruits, often persisting in winter.


Habitat:  Occuring on abandoned farmland, along streams, and in forest openings, especially on soils high in calcium. Moderately shade tolerant. Often forming thickets of several different species [kinds of hawthorn = the different names, such as Black hawthorn].


Size and Form:  Shrubs to small trees up to 12m (39ft) high and 30 cm (1 ft) in diameter. Often with a distinct, crooked trunk; sometimes multistemmed and shrubby. Crown low, wide-spreading, somewhat rounded or flat topped.


Specifics on 12 Common Types:


Black hawthorn  (Crataegus douglasii)


The only hawthorn that regularly grows as a tree in British Columbia; up to 11m (36ft) tall. Its range extends through Alberta into Saskatchewan and south to California, with a distinct occurence around Lake Superior. Leaves small, 2 - 8cm (2 - 3in) long, coarsely double-toothed to shallowly lobed, almost hairless. Thorns short, usually less than 3cm (1in) long. Fruits ovoid [oval-shaped], 8 -10mm (1/3in) across, dark reddish-purple to black.


Cockspur hawthorn   (Crataegus crus-galli)

Very small trees up to 10m (33ft) high with wide-spreading, horizontal branches (similar to those of dotted hawthorn, though not so pale); occurring in southern Quebec and Ontario, and south to Massachusetts, Iowa and Florida. Leaves 3 - 5cm (1 - 2in) long, mostly unlobed, usually with a rounded wide tip, sharply toothed, with secondary veins branching before reaching the margin, hairless, leathery, shiny on the upper surface, more than twice as long as wide. Thorns slender, numerous, 5 - 7cm (2 - 3in) long. Fruits 6 - 10mm (up to 1/3in) across, deep orange-red when ripe. 


Columbia hawthorn  (Crataegus columbiana)


 Shrubs or very small trees to 6 m (19ft) tall, occurring on dry sites in interior British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, and in the Cypress Hills, and south into the United States. Leaves 3 - 7cm (2 - 3in) long, distinctly lobed, with irregular, gland-tipped teeth; hairy on both surfaces. Thorns stout, 4 - 6 cm long,  Fruits globular, 8 - 11mm (up to 1/3in) across, dark red. 


Dotted hawthorne  (Crataegus punctata)


Very small trees up to 8 m (26ft) tall, usually single-stemmed, with layered, horizontal branches and pale grey twigs conspicuous in winter, occurring in southern Quebec and Ontario, and south to Georgia.  Leaves 5 - 7cm (2 - 3in) long, widest near the top, gradually tapering to the base, toothed to slightly lobed, with many veins ascending obliquely. Thorns slender, 2 - 8cm (1 - 3in) long, straight to slightly curved, sometimes branched. Fruits globular, conspicuously dotted, 10 - 15 mm (1/3 to 1/2in) across, dull to bright red or sometimes yellow.


Downy hawthorn  (Crataegus mollis)


Very small trees up to 10 m (33ft) high, common to the southern parts of eastern Canada and south to Texas. Leaves 4 - 8cm (1.5 - 3in) long, widest below the middle, abruptly tapered to the base, coarsely double-toothed to shallowly lobed, densely hairy. Thorns 2 - 6cm (1 - 2in) long, straight, relatively slender, not numerous. Fruits nearly round, 10 - 12mm (1/3 to 1/2in) across, scarlet to dull crimson.


Fanleaf hawthorn  (Crataegus flabellata)


Shrubs or very small trees up to 5m (16ft) tall, very thorny, occurring from southern Ontario to Nova Scotia, south to Louisiana and Georgia. Leaves to 5 cm (2in) long, with 7 - 13 sharp lobes, often reflexed; lobes with several small sharp teeth; leaf stalks grooved above, with wings on the sides. Thorns slender, numerous, slightly curved, 5 - 6cm (2 - 2.5in) long. Fruits 8 - 10mm (up to 1/3in) across, crimson, with thick flesh.


Fireberry hawthorn  (Crataegus chrysocarpa)



Shrubs or very small trees up to 6m (19ft) tall, ranging from Newfoundland to the Rocky Mountains, north to the Peace River in Alberta, and south into the United States. Leaves small, about 4cm (1.5in) long, almost circular, lobed and toothed, almost hairless, glandular on the teeth, leaf stalk glandular and hairy. Thorns about 6cm (2in) long, blackish, slender, straight. Fruits hairy, globular, 10 - 15mm (1/3 to 1/2in) across, deep red (seldom yellow, despite the species name), fruit stalk hairy.


Fleshy hawthorn  (Crataegus succulenta)


Shrubs, or occasionally multistemmed shrubby trees up to 8m (26ft) high, with conspicuously dark twigs and thorns, occurring from southern Manitoba to Nova Scotia and south to Main and to Colorado. Leaves 3 - 8cm (1 - 3in) long, shallowly lobed about the middle, with small sharp teeth; leaf stalks grooved abovve, with wings on sides. Thorns stout, up to 8cm (3in) long, blackish and glossy. Fruits glossy deep red, 6 - 8mm (up to 1/3in) across, usually in erect or drooping clusters.


One-seeded hawthorn  (Crataegus monogyna)


Also known as English hawthorn. Very small trees up to 8m (26ft) tall, introduced from Europe; naturalized in Canada; frequently planted as ornamentals. Hardy as far north as Zones CA3, NA4. Leaves 2 - 3cm (1in) long, 3 - 7 deep lobes; cut nearly to the midvein; lobes narrow, obscurely toothed; veins running to the notches as well as to the lobes. Thorns short, 1 - 2cm (1/2 - 3/4in) long, gray, straight. Flowers rose-colored; dark red, bright red, pink, or white. Fruits scarlet to deep red, glossy, 6 - 8mm (up to 1/3in) across, with 1 seed.


Pear hawthorn  (Crataegus calpodendron)

Many-stemmed shrubs or very small trees, 3 - 4m (11ft) tall, common in southern Ontario. Similar to fleshy hawthorn. Produces leaves and flowers much later in spring than most other hawthorns. Leaves 5 - 8cm (2 - 3in) long, hairy, dull yellowish-green (occasionally darker green) on the upper surface. Thorns few or none, 3 - 4cm (1 - 1.5in) long, stout, glossy, deep brown. Fruits very small, 4 - 8 mm (up to 1/3in) across, pear-shaped, shiny orange-red. 


Scarlet hawthorn   (Crataegus coccinea)


Coarse shrubs or very small variable trees, to 10m (33ft) tall; occurring in southern Ontario and Quebec and south to Maine, Iowa, and North Carolina. Leaves large, 6 - 9cm (2 - 3.5in) long, widest below the middle, sharp-pointed, double-toothed to shallowly lobed. Thorns stout, to 6cm (2in) long, usually curved. Fruits globular, 10 - 14mm (1/3 to 1/2in) across, bright red.


Washington hawthorn  (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

Very small trees up to 10m (33ft) high; native to the eastern United States; planted in Canada as ornamentals. Hardy as far north as Zones CA6, NA5. Leaves 3 - 8cm (1 - 3in) long, somewhat ftriangular, often 3 - 5 lobed, not strongly toothed; notches wide; veins running to notches and lobes; hairless; upper surface dark glossy green; bright orange to bright red in autumn. Thorns numerous, slender, 3 - 8cm (1 - 3in) long. Flowers small, on hairless stalks. Fruits very small, 4 - 6mm (up to 1/3in) across, shiny orange-red.