Crataegus- May, Hawthorn

Deciduous trees and shrubs, suitable for medium-sized gardens and parks. As hawthorn may form an important link in the spread of fireblight , they are from time to time subjected to a veritable witch hunt.

Situation:

Fine specimen trees, particularly attractive when in flower. The common hawthorn is frequently used for hedge making. Specimen trees like a sunny situation, but they may also be grown under trees, where they naturally flower less profusely.

Soil:

The common hawthorn is not very fussy, but the more unusual garden varieties require reasonably good soil. Some lime is appreciated.

Propagation:

Common species from seed, which germinates extremely slowly. Garden forms are propagated by grafting.

Crataegus laevigata syn Crataegus oxyacantha: Hawthorn with two or more styles: height 2-5 m; white or pink flowers in late spring and eariy summer.

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