A popular native deciduous hedging plant that makes a great field or rural hedge also known as Quickthorn , Whitethorn, Hawthorn, or May Blossom. The clues are in the names – its thorny and it flowers in May. This is the hedge of Irish Farm Fields. Plant as part of a foraging hedge for wildlife. It heralds the arrival of spring, by bursting into leaf within a few days of the initial buds.