Hawthorn 2010

Dorney, UK, May 2010

Crataegus monogyna

Deciduous tree dense leaved and thorny with short trunk. Commonly used for stock proof hedging. New shoots and leaves are reddish. Distinctive white blossom with strong scent and red berries (haws) later. Height 10 - 15m. Age long lived - 250 years

Found on all soil types. Protects seedlings of other broadleaved trees particularly oak from predation and hence aids natural regeneration. Natural distribution throughout British Isles and Europe to 500m.

Flowers Leaves Fruit Ripen Fall

May-June Mar-April Jul-Aug Oct-Nov Nov

Seed is deeply dormant - treat as for Acer campestre. Approx 8000 germinable seeds per Kg. lso grown from cuttings. Grows rapidly for first 15 years or so. For hedges grow in seed beds for 2 years and then transplant into rows. Ready to plant into hedges at 4 years. Weeding improves growth significantly. Laying hedges to make them stockproof is an old country skill

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