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Crataegus crus-galli

Cockspur thorn

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & October
  • Height8m to 10m
  • Spread8m to 10m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Crataegus crus-galli (Cockspur thorn). This is an upright bushy deciduous tree from the USA. Bears obovate-ovate, alternate toothed glossy dark green leaves. White flowers are produced in clusters of corymbs in spring followed by red berries.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Hawthorn

Origin

USA

Interest and use

Banks, hedging with autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Watch out for the thorns.

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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