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Crataegus monogyna Tree

Common Hawthorn Trees
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This native, small bushy tree or large shrub is very tolerant of coastal, exposed, polluted and damp sites and is popular with wildlife. Crataegus monogyna offers wonderfully varied seasonal interest, starting with dark green, deeply lobed, glossy foliage that acts as a foil to fragrant single white flowers with red anthers in May. After flowering, small dark red haws are produced which are popular with the birds. Leaves turn yellow and bronze in the autumn before falling.

Crataegus monogyna is often used in native hedging mixes, but as a tree you can expect a height and spread of 5 x 4 meters in 20 years. As the name suggests, Common Hawthorn has sharp thorns on its branches which provides a safe nesting place for birds.

AKA Common Hawthorn, Bread and Cheese, Hawthorn, May, Quick, Quickthorn, Whitethorn, May Blossom Tree, Thorn Tree

  • Common name: Common hawthorn tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 meters
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Environmental benefits: Native to UK, good for pollinators, food for birds
  • Flowers/fruit: White flowers in late spring, small red haws in autumn
  • Foliage: Green deeply lobed deciduous leaves

Planting Advice for Crataegus monogyna Trees

Our pot grown Common Hawthorn trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting Common Hawthorn trees with a staking kit. For single stakes, place the stake at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass and knock it in until it is firm. Use a buckle tie, placing the spacer between the stake and tree. For further information, visit the advice section

Aftercare Advice for Crataegus monogyna Trees

Establishing Hawthorn trees need to be well watered in spring and summer. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Crataegus monogyna Trees

Common Hawthorn trees can be pruned at most times of year. In summer, after flowering, is a good time to tidy it up and help maintain a clear stem. By pruning the lower branches you will raise the crown, creating a more attractive form. Remove any damaged or crossing branches and ensure there is enough light reaching the inner canopy.

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

 

Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Crataegus monogyna Form: Single stem tree Size: 200-250cm Root type: Bare root Crataegus monogyna Price £35 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 200-250cm Bare root £35 (inc VAT)
1
Ready by: 31st Jan 2024
Ready by: 31st Jan 2024
Crataegus monogyna Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Crataegus monogyna Price £215 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £215 (inc VAT)
1
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Crataegus monogyna Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot* Crataegus monogyna Price £235 (inc VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £235 (inc VAT)
1
Crataegus monogyna Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot* Crataegus monogyna Price £270 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £270 (inc VAT)
1
Total: £0 (VAT Free)
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