Crataegus laevigata 'Pauls Scarlet'

Midland hawthorn

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


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Plant details

This lovely tree, formerly called 'Coccinea Plena' or 'Kermesiana Plena', is a sport of 'Rosea Flore Pleno', the double pink hawthorn, and one of the finest for spring and autumn display. It is a garden form of the Midland hawthorn, a familiar woodland shrub or tree occasionally found in hedgerows, and flowering a week or so earlier than other hawthorns. The trees are laden with double red blooms in May, while the early autumn display of deep red berries is almost equally lavish. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Crataegus

Species: laevigata

Cultivar: Pauls Scarlet

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: May to June

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