The Common Hawthorn of Europe, North Africa, West Asia, is widely spread in lowland areas and is the first choice for farm hedges for they are impenetrable when laid. It belongs to the Rosaceae. It was considered to be one of the sacred trees of old and was thought in more recent times to bring ill luck to have a flowering shoot in the house. Crataegus monogyna can grow to a great age. The wood is durable and has been used for walking sticks, handles and in wood turning. Berries attract a wide variety of birds and can be made into wine . Sometimes pink flowering forms occur naturally in farm hedgerows. This is the plant which relates to the saying: 'Ne'er shed a clout till May is oot' for May is another of its common name.