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Thorncombe Thorn thorn

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030A small, damaged, hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) which produces winter flowers, and is thus similar to the cv. Biflora, the Glastonbury, or Holy, Thorn, grows at Thorncombe Thorn, a crossroads in the parish of Thorncombe, west Dorset.  It’s unknown if the tree is a self-sown natural sport, or if it is a deliberately planted Holy Thorn.  It is probable that it was planted many years ago.    A few years ago the tree was damaged, probably when a branch, or larger tree, fell on it (unlike the famous Thorn on Wearyall Hill, Glastonbury, it was not deliberately damaged).

The image here, taken on 7 January 2015, shows a twig with unopened flower buds; usually the tree has small white flowers early in January, but flower production is late this year.

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