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The thorny stems of hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, make it an ideal boundary hedge that will help keep unwelcome visitors out of the garden. This deciduous tree bears fragrant white flowers in late spring, followed by glossy dark red fruit, known as haws. Trained as a hedge it will reach between 1.5 and 3m in height.
The leaves, flowers, wood and fruit of Crataegus monogyna are extremely attractive to wildlife, while its dense thorny habit makes it an excellent habitat for nesting or roosting birds.
Plant type: Native shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Thorns
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: November to February
Flowering period: May to June
Is it too late to face - cut back hard a thorn hedge. I had asked a local farmer to top and face this hedge during the winter but he hasn't turned up! I look forward to hearing from anyone.
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