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Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' Tree

Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This attractive small garden tree produces glossy, dark-green, oval foliage which turns glowing shades of yellow, orange and copper in the autumn. The small, white flowers that appear in May and the crimson berries which adorn the branches well into winter are popular with a variety of wildlife, such as honey bees, birds and squirrels - this is one of the best ornamental trees for wild fruits.

This hardy Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn tree will grow well in the very toughest positions, including coastal, exposed, damp and polluted sites, making it ideal for a difficult garden. Expect a height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years from the Crataegus Persimils tree, in a spreading, slightly rounded form. As with all Crataegus Trees, the branches are covered in thorns.

This wonderful tree has the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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AKA Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn, Hawthorn, Crataegus Persimilis, Crataegus Prunifolia

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10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Crataegus Persimilis trees

When planting hawthorn trees, such as the Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Crataegus trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil.

If you have poor soil mix 50% of your original soil with 50% high quality compost. Fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. When planting Norway maple trees, you should use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Crataegus Persimilis trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass surrounding your tree as this will only encourage growth.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Crataegus persimilis Prunifolia trees

You can prune your hawthorn tree in summer, after flowering, to help maintain a clear stem. By pruning the lower branches you will raise the crown, creating a more attractive form. If your crataegus tree requires any tidying up, this can be done in autumn. Remove and damaged or crossing branches and ensure there is enough light reaches the inner canopy.

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' Tree (Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn Trees) Description

  • Common name: Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn Trees
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark-green foliage with white flowers in spring, and red berries amongst yellow, orange and copper shaded leaves in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to most soil types