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Similar diseases called cedar-quince rust and cedar-hawthorn rust affect junipers and other trees that, like apples, are members of the rose family.
Along the sides of the fountain are cockspur hawthorns, low hanging-trees that create a canopy over the entire space during the summer, making this the perfect spot for a shady afternoon spent with a book.
The targets are not only those in the willow and cedar families that are staples of the beaver’s diet, but also pine and hawthorn trees that don’t have the type of bark the creatures prefer.
In a standalone boutique on the quiet end of Changle Road, find organic skincare infused with Chinese herbal ingredients like goji, hawthorn and mulberry at Ba Yan Ka La (1221 Changle Road).
That disease may attack any member of the rose family, including hawthorns, mountain ash and spirea as well as apples, pears and of course roses.
Usually served inverted, at Damao it's presented in a bowl in a couple of variations: one with subtly boozy and astringent fermented rice; one with brown sugar, dried hawthorn, sesame seeds, and raisins; and one that's a combination of the two.
For a 3- to 5-foot hedge, consider dwarf yaupon holly, Chinese mahonia, dwarf sasanqua, dwarf oleander, azaleas, Indian hawthorn, nandina and Rotunda holly.
While the wort is boiling, put the hawthorn berries ina blender, cover with wort (liqwuied from the brewpot—caution: hot), and carefully purée.
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hawthorn Has Old English Roots
A hawthorn is a thorny shrub or tree which can be planted into a hedge, and this fact provides a hint about the origins of the plant's name. The word hawthorn traces back to the Old English word hagathorn, a combination of "haga" ("hedge") and "thorn" (same meaning as the modern "thorn" or "thornbush"). "Haga" was also used in Old English for the hawthorn itself, but by the 12th century the "thorn" had been added to its name.
HAWTHORN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hawthorn for English Language Learners
: a type of bush or small tree with white or pink flowers and small red fruits
HAWTHORN Defined for Kids
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