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Crataegus monogyna


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Key information

Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit, Thorns



Skill level


Crataegus monogyna

Plant details

The thorny stems of hawthorn make it an ideal boundary hedge that will help keep unwelcome visitors out of the garden. This deciduous tree produces fragrant white flowers in late spring, followed by glossy dark red fruit. Trained as a hedge it will reach between 1.5 and 3m (5-10ft) in height. If grown as a formal hedge, it will need to be pruned twice a year, in summer and autumn. Grown as an informal hedge, the only pruning needed is the removal of the most vigorous shoots in winter.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Crataegus

Species: monogyna

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 800cm

Time to plant seeds: November to February

Flowering period: May to June

Reader reviews


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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