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Gnarled hawthorn

Observed: 30th January 2010 By: dw5448
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Lopsided hawthorn which seemed quite old but still small, at the site of a ruined church on an old morraine near the sea.

Species interactions

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Species with which Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) interacts


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Explanatory comment

These are not good ID shots, but I was focussed on the lichens while I was there. What struck me afterwards was that the tree seemed to be shaped by a prevailing easterly wind from the sea, which is about 75m to the right. The wind is more likely to be a southwesterly or westerley, so I am guessing that the high Mournes actually provide some shelter and that it is the less frequent easterlies that have had an effect over the years (Mourne foothills can be seen in final photograph). There were several places where tight gnarling could be seen at what looked like possible sprouting sights where branches have not developed.

Am sure it was a hawthorn (sometimes called whitethorn locally), but without more cues could not be 100% on species.