Crataegus monogyna

Crataegus monogyna

Hawthorn

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Crataegus monogyna
  • Common name: Hawthorn
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 6m

Spread: 8m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers, Fruit, Thorns

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The leaves, flowers, wood and fruit of hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, are extremely attractive to wildlife, while its dense thorny habit makes it an excellent habitat for nesting or roosting birds.

What's more, its thorny stems 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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