Hawthorn Trees and Honeybees
Hawthorn trees are common in the Midwest and are often confused with crab apple trees. They can range from shrub size to trees 25 feet tall. Although there are several species of hawthorn trees they are extremely difficult to tell apart from each other. Native hawthorns are generally found in abandoned fields and fence rows. Non-native hawthorn trees may be raised for sale in commercial nurseries as a landscape tree or shrub.
Hawthorn trees bloom from April to June and provide nectar and pollen for honeybees. In areas where hawthorn is concentrated, either wild or cultivated, 50 to 100 pounds of honey per acre may be harvested.