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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, 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.

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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