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Crataegus Pinnatifida var Major Tree

Chinese Hawthorn Trees

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

Although known as Big Golden Star, the star feature of this tree is actually its glossy, edible, red haws (not golden at all) which are a similar size to crab apples and slightly pear shaped. Crataegus Pinnatifida var Major, originating from China, is one of the best fruiting Hawthorn trees as, when the fruits are left on the branches, they remain well into the colder months, giving good aesthetic interest to the winter garden.

This Chinese Hawthorn is almost thornless, with large, dark-green leaves, turning a deep crimson colour in autumn. Crataegus Pinnatifida var major has the usual Hawthorn-type white flower clusters appearing in May. The tree is a modest size in maturity, reaching a height and spread of 4 x 3 metres in 20 years, making it suitable for small gardens. It prefers sun or partial shade and any well drained soil.

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Crataegus Pinnatafida var Major Tree Crataegus Pinnatafida var Major Tree
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped £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 Pinnatifida var Major trees

When planting Chinese hawthorn trees, such as the Crataegus Pinnatifida var Major 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), 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 Big Golden Star Hawthorn 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 Pinnatifida var Major trees

You can prune your Chinese 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 Pinnatifida var Major Tree (Chinese Hawthorn Trees) Description

  • Common name: Big Golden Star Hawthorn
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark-green leaves and white flowers in spring, crimson foliage and red haws in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all, well-drained soils