CRATAEGUS or Hawthorn

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CRATAEGUS or Hawthorn

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Price: £6.99
Product Code: HAWR78
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Crataegus or Hawthorn has many other common names and depending on where you live is also known as Maythorn, Whitethorn, Quickthorn, May Blossom or May Flower

A familiar and much under-rated native flowering plant, grown extensively as a hedge throughout the British Isles.

The leaves are mid to bright green in colour, three or five lobed and often have a reddish tinge.

Emerging pure white the flowers have a wonderfully strong sweet fragrance and occasionally change to reddish pink as they mature.

Grown as a tree Crataegus or Hawthorn in full flower in May is a sight to behold and when planted as an ornamental specimen is the equal and often surpasses any of the more lauded imported species.

In early autumn following the flowers the branches are laden with bright red edible fruits known as haws.

Much loved by blackbirds, thrushes and other native wild-birds in winter these haws can also be used to make jams and syrups.

Extremely hardy Crataegus or Hawthorn will thrive on almost any reasonable soil, in full sun or partial shade but dislikes very wet or boggy conditions.

When using bare-root Crataegus or Hawthorn plants to make a hedge the planting should be done in winter anytime from November until the end of March.

Plant a staggered double row with six plants to the metre and 30cm between the rows.

Once established this will ensure a dense, fully hardy, thorny, impenetrable, almost indestructible boundary.

At 30-60cm per year it is a fairly quick grower and should be trimmed at least once a year preferably after flowering.

The Woodland Trust recently voted Crataegus or Hawthorn the second best plant for wildlife surpassed only by Quercus robur or English Oak.

Plants despatched as 40-60cm bare root whips ready to plant.

Please keep in mind that delivery dates may vary a little if weather or harvest conditions are difficult.


Plants should be unpacked on delivery and if not to be planted immediately should be placed in a shallow trench and the roots completely covered with moist sand or soil.



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We ask all our buyers to remember plants are living items and their appearance changes with the seasons.  Please don’t panic if the plant you receive looks different to the image on the website. This is quite normal and not a matter for any worry or concern, it is likely to be in perfect condition for the time of year and just enjoying a well-earned rest before bursting into action for the new season. Particularly in autumn and winter many shrubs will lose their leaves and look rather bare, gaunt and stick-like and from August onwards many perennial plants may not even be showing above the soil.

We want you to be happy with your purchase and all our items are checked and inspected visually before packing. In the unlikely event of a problem please advise us at within 48hrs of delivery. Due to the nature of the goods we cannot accept any responsibility for their failure after planting as pests, disease, poor horticultural practice, extremes of weather and many other factors outside our control all take their toll. Goods will only be accepted for return after seller has been informed and given permission for their return.  Refunds will be issued when items are received back in saleable condition within 14 days from original despatch date. Buyer must pay all return charges except where an item has been despatched in error.


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