CRATAEGUS monogyna

Commonly known as Bread and cheese, Common hawthorn, May, Quickthorn

White flowers
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Deeply 3- to 7-lobed, glossy leaves to 5cm (2in) long, dark green above, paler beneath
  • White
  • Height
    10m (33ft)
  • Spread
    8m (26ft)
  • Hedge
    Ideal for hedging
  • Tree
    Rounded, thorny tree. Flat heads of 6-12 flowers to 1.5cm (½in) across with pink anthers appear in late spring followed by dark-red fruit.
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

CRATAEGUS monogyna

Available again from NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022 - Despatch will be anytime during November or December as stock becomes available. Bareroot hedging and roses can be delayed by unfavourable weather conditions.
Minimum order of 10
open ground NOV-FEB only individually £1.20 each , 11+ £1.10 each 
Delivery Information Available again from NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022
plant size comparison icon Bare Rooted available NOV-FEB only
  • Additional Features
    These plants have berries.
    Good to know
    One of the very best wildlife plants. Excellent hedge. Common hawthorn has 1 seed in each berry, Midland hawthorn has 2.
    Pests & Diseases
    Caterpillars, aphids, gall midges, fireblight, honey fungus, rust, powdery mildew.
    Place of origin
    Europe. One of the two native hawthorns.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Tolerant of full exposure to sea winds
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
    Heavy scent best appreciated from a distance.
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Tolerates all
    Any soil except waterlogged.
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Bird friendly
10m (33ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  8m (26ft)

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