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Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A rare tree, this will grow to be a handsome tree with clusters of fragrant flowers in late spring and large, oval, dark green leaves which turn excellent shades of red, orange and yellow in autumn.

Once established Crataegus ellwangeriana 'Fireball' has masses of drooping, glowing crimson-red fruit which last well into winter if not eaten by local wildlife first!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (freshly potted, young plants only)

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Crataegus ellwangeriana  ‘Fire Ball’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: May.
Rate of Growth: Slow until established then moderate.
Habit: Crataegus ellwangeriana 'Fireball' is a small branching, rounded tree once established.
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)

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Common names



Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’ (Hawthorn). This hawthorn as clusters of large red berries which are edible to humans and also attractive to birds. The dark green leaves turn orange, yellow and red before they drop in autumn. The white, fragrant flowers are pollinated by midges in the spring.


They are fully hardy and will prefer full sun, they are suitable for almost all situations and may be grown in any but very wet soil.

Interest and use

Berries are edible and can be added to preserves and fruit pies. The plant has also been used by herbalists as a heart tonic.

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Crataegus ellwangeriana  ‘Fire Ball’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

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