Crataegus crus-galli

Crataegus crus-galli

Cockspur thorn

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers

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Fruits

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Plant does fruit in October

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  • Botanical name: Crataegus crus-galli
  • Common name: Cockspur thorn
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous

The cockspur thorn, Crataegus crus-galli, is an unusual, deciduous hawthorn native to Canada and North America. It bears masses of creamy-white flowers in early summer, followed by large clusters of deep-red fruit in autumn.  The leaves are rounded and dark, glossy green in spring and summer before developing red-orange autumnal tints before falling.

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Grow Crataegus crus-galli in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It makes a good screen and is suitable for growing in small gardens. 

How to grow Crataegus crus-galli

  • Plant size

    6m height

    6m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Crataegus crus-galli and wildlife

Crataegus crus-galli has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Crataegus crus-galli poisonous?

Crataegus crus-galli has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People