Plant Finder
tree

English Hawthorn

Crataegus laevigata

Add To My Wish List

print page
 
English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) at Plants Unlimited

English Hawthorn fruit

English Hawthorn fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) at Plants Unlimited

English Hawthorn flowers

English Hawthorn flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

A beautiful small accent tree for home landscapes; features frothy white flowers in spring and showy scarlet fruit in fall; somewhat susceptible to leaf diseases and quite thorny, use with this knowledge

Ornamental Features

English Hawthorn is smothered in stunning clusters of white flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy red pomes displayed from early fall to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

English Hawthorn is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

English Hawthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

English Hawthorn will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features

Plants Unlimited
629 Commercial Street (Rt. 1)
(PO Box 374)
Rockport, ME 04856

(207) 594-7754
info@plants-unlimited.com
Open 7 days a week, 8:30am–5pm

Proud Member of