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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.


Commonly known as Hawthorn

All Flower MAY

Genus of 140 or more species of usually spiny, deciduous, sometimes semi-evergreen trees and shrubs found in woodland and scrub in northern temperate regions.

The well-known small tree provides food and shelter for a myriad of insects, mammals and birds as well as foodstuffs and medicine throughout history.

In the 18th and 19th centuries hawthorn saplings were propagated on a massive scale to provide boundaries for the Inclosure Acts where almost 7 million acres of land was enclosed.

Superstition and folklore abounds in a genus which is so widespread.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - occasionally semi-evergreen trees and shrubs.
  • Tree
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - extremely hardy. Wildlife plant. Host plant to almost 150 insect species. Birds and woodmice adore fruit. Hedges provide nest sites.
  • Medicinal properties - in ancient times used for treating gout, pleurisy and insomnia. Currently used to treat heart valve disease.
  • Pests & Diseases - caterpillars, aphids, gall midges, fireblight. honey fungus, rust, powdery mildew.
  • Place of origin - northern temperate regions.
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers - - fragrance is better from a distance.
  • Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving -
  • Tolerates all - any soil except waterlogged.
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -

Buy Varieties of CRATAEGUS

CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'  AWARD

CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'  >

Commonly known as: Hawthorn.
(Punicea) - an attractive form with single scarlet flowers and a pronounced white centre
Whip £25.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
H/Std £55.00 each
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Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.

CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'  AWARD

CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'  >

Commonly known as: Double crimson hawthorn, Midland hawthorn, Red May.
Double red
Whip £18.50 each
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
H/Std £55.00 each

CRATAEGUS monogyna

CRATAEGUS monogyna  >

Commonly known as: Bread and cheese, Common hawthorn, May, Quickthorn.
white flowers
open ground NOV-FEB only individually £1.25 each, 10+ £1.00 each, 100+ £0.90 each
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To be advised. -

CRATAEGUS persimilis 'Prunifolia'   AWARD

CRATAEGUS persimilis 'Prunifolia'  >

Commonly known as: Broad-leafed cockspur thorn, Hawthorn.
A small compact broad headed tree notable for its persistent red fruit and striking autumn colour
H/Std £55.00 each
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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