What is a quickthorn?

What is a quickthorn? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. The may-tree, any species of Crataegus or the species Crataegus monogyna.
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Farm animals were excluded from these coppices by the digging of ditches and the setting up of hedges of quickthorn grown on banks.
A few minutes later police were alerted to an incident at nearby Quickthorn Place in which a petrol bomb was thrown at a house but failed to ignite.
Minutes later a similar device was thrown at a house in nearby Quickthorn Place, although it failed to ignite.
Quickthorn makes an excellent hedge with a long season of interest, or it can be grown as specimen tree, as it is very hardy and is useful in coastal or exposed positions.
They escaped injury when five shots were fired through the living room window in Quickthorn Place in the staunchly Protestant Harper's Hill estate.

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