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Crataegus prunifolia (Common Hawthorn)

Type Tree, Hedging & Screening, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Crataegus prunifolia Description

This hardy native is ideally suited for use in informal native hedgerow or as free growing specimen. Producing masses of white spring blossom, followed by red berries - it provides a dense spined network of branches. 6m tall x 4m.


Crataegus prunifolia - Cultivation Notes

Plant in any garden soil - even if it is very heavy or prone to water logging. Hawthorn will tolerate very poor soils and is also very hardy. Trim to shape after flowering, removing dead wood. If part of hedge, then prune to shaped after leaf fall.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Crataegus prunifolia:

  • Scented blossom
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Crataegus prunifolia

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Crataegus prunifolia:

  • Spine bearing plant ideal for security hedge

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Common Missspellings: Cratagus, Crataeges, Crataeges, Krataegus, Kratagus

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