Hawthorn Hedging - Crataegus monogyna

The Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) tree is a favourite with wildlife. The Hawthorn creates an attractive display in spring and autumn with its white blossom and red berries. In folklore the Hawthorn was a symbol of fertility and marriage. To fairies the Hawthorn was sacred and misfortune would fall upon anyone who felled a lone Hawthorn.

The Hawthorn (Quickthorn or May Tree) is a quick growing, common and useful hedging plant with thorny twigs creating a good barrier. Left uncut, Hawthorn can grow up to 18m.

Planning to plant as a hedge? For a single row hedge, plant at a rate of 4 trees per metre. For a staggered double row hedge, plant at a rate of 6 trees per metre. The current height of these trees is approximately 20-40cm and they can be planted out all year round.

Please note - Our Hawthorn is currently classed as Forestry Grade as is showing some seasonal symptoms of mildew, which can be treated if desired (white powdery leaves) - This will not affect the plants, is symptomatic of close growing proximity in the nursery and this will clear up on it's own once planted outside.

RHS Perfect for Pollinators in Spring and Summer.

  • Plant in dry, open and upland sites
  • Likes most soil
  • Pretty white flowers in May
  • Garden tree or hedging plant



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