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When we bought our house 33 years ago, it had 4 hawthorn trees on the property---3 pink ones and 1 white. They are messy trees after they flower, and it wasn't long before the two in front of the house and the one at the back were cut down. Only the white one remains--because I insisted! It's so pretty this time of year, and then it produces "pretend" fruit which dries and falls on the sidewalk, sharp enough to puncture bare feet and bicycle tires. That goes on all summer into fall. Right now, it's loaded with blossoms and very attractive to the bees. But it doesn't smell very good. Only when I Googled the subject did I find out some interesting facts about this tree. The following came from what's-your-sign.com.
The Celtic meaning of the hawthorn tree deals with balance and duality. The hawthorn is full of contradictions, none of which went unnoticed by the soul-minded Celts.
In May, the hawthorn is in its glory with strikingly beautiful blossoms. These are nestled tightly among the hawthorn's large and lethal looking thorns. Here we see the first of several juxtapositions, giving this tree/shrub its colorful reputation in history.
Excellent herbalists and botanists, ancient Celts understood the superior medicinal value of hawthorn leaves and blossoms. However, it was considered a bad omen to bring its branches inside the home. This is largely due from the smell of cut branches was much the same as decaying flesh (indeed, the chemical components are the same). Here we see life-giving aspects as well as associations of death within the same symbolic tree.
Further, the hawthorn is imbued with male energy, yet it is historically a symbol of fertility and associated with the female goddess aspects (mother, maiden, crone).
What do all these contradictions mean? The hawthorn is a standing testament to the idea of duality; it is a perfect depiction of the concept of yin and yang.