The Hawthorn is an attractive large shrub or small tree. The Hawthorn is an attractive large shrub or small tree. The Hawthorn tree has white flowers similar to apple blossoms that attracts butterflies and beneficial insects. The berries are called haws, are red or black and are known for many medicinal uses. Chinese Hawthorns would make a great jelly, eaten fresh, used in drinks, or dried and used in candies. The berries of the native Black Hawthorn provide food in the winter and the thorny branches provide protection for birds.