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Young, who planted the park’s centerpiece — a Yoshino Cherry tree — around 15 years ago, said there are also maples, hawthorns and yew shrubs that are original to the park.
While the wort is boiling, put the hawthorn berries ina blender, cover with wort (liqwuied from the brewpot—caution: hot), and carefully purée.
Some 8.4 million trees dot the city: birch, lime, apple, sycamore, oak, hawthorn, and many more.
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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.
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