The Hawthorn tree is a familiar tree, one which will attain a height of 30 feet and lives to great age. It possesses a single seed-vessel to each blossom producing a separate fruit, which when ripe is a brilliant red and this is in a miniature a stony apple. In some districts these mealy red fruits are called Pixie Pears, Cuckoo’s Beads and Chucky Cheese. The flowers are mostly fertilized by carrion insects the suggestion of decomposition in the perfume attracts those insects that lay their eggs and hatch out their larvae in decaying animal matter.
A Modern Herbal | Hawthorn, https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/h/hawtho09.html (accessed January 26, 2017).