Posted: 20/11/2013 at 23:09
From my experience, hawthorn cuttings don't take very well - I had less than 1 in 5 root. It is normally propagated from seed and now is the ideal time to collect the haws and sow them - they need the cold period in the soil to help them germinate.
I think the best chance of rooting cuttings would be to take 6 or 7 times as many as you need in Autumn from strong new semi-ripe (part woody, part green stem) growth.
Young 'whips' are very cheap to buy and will give you a hedge in much less time - probably at least 2 years quicker than growing from seed or cuttings.