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Crataegus prunifolia 'Splendens' Tree

Frosted Thorn Trees

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

A wonderful small garden tree, commonly know as Frosted Thorn, boasts attractive, dark-green, broadly oval foliage which turns marvellous shades of yellow, orange and copper in the autumn. In May, clusters of small white flowers appear, followed by impressive red fruits in the autumn, which hang well into the winter.

Ideal for the smaller garden, this more showy form of the native Hawthorn tree, will do well in even the toughest positions and soils including coastal, exposed, polluted and damp sites. Very popular with wildlife, Splendens will grow to an estimated height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years. As the name suggests, this tree has sharp thorns on its branches.

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AKA Frosted thorn, Broadleaved Cockspur Thorn, Crataegus Prunifolia Splendens

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Crataegus prunifolia 'Splendens' Tree Crataegus prunifolia 'Splendens' Tree
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Crataegus prunifolia 'Splendens' Tree Crataegus prunifolia 'Splendens' Tree
45L pot 3.5 - 4.5m Heavy Standard Tree approx 12-14cm girth £199.99 (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. All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge. Although it is rarely a problem, 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.

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

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Non Mainland UK 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 Prunifolia Splendens trees

When planting hawthorn trees, such as the Frosted 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. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Prunifolia Splendens 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 Frosted Thorn 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 prunifolia 'Splendens' Tree (Frosted Thorn Trees) Description

  • Common name: Frosted thorn tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark-green leaves and white flowers in spring, with red fruits appearing in autumn amongst copper toned foliage
  • Soil: Suited to all soils