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Hawthorn

Crataegus spp.

Also known as

May, Thorn, Thorn apple

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

7m

Max

6m

4.5m

Min

3m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Hawthorn Overview

Genus of 380 hardy, deciduous and sometimes semi-evergreen tree and shrub species with thorny branches, commonly called hawthorns. They come from temperate climates in Europe, Asia and North America and typically grow 5-15m. Flowers are clustered, 5-petalled and can be double, developing into ornamental red fruits which make them popular garden plants. Foliage may also show good autumn colour and the fruits are sometimes used to make wine and jelly.

Common problems with Hawthorn

How to propagate Hawthorn

Budding

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

Seed

Special features of Hawthorn

Hedge plant

Other uses of Hawthorn

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

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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Plants to Deter Cats

Use these plants to dissuade cats from disturbing certain areas in your garden.

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