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Crataegus Genus

Hawthorn

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Crataegus genus (Hawthorn). These are deciduous, or more rarely semi-evergreen spiny often spreading trees and shrubs. The leaves are toothed and lobed. The flowers are produced in cluster of pink or white rounded umbels in summer they are followed by small apple-like fruit.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

May, Thorn, Thorn apple

Origin

North temperate areas

Interest and use

They have clustered, 5 petalled, occasionally double flowers in spring-summer, ornamental fruits and in some cases autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn, the cultivars by budding in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Fireblight is sometimes a problem. Honey fungus rust.

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