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Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet

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A pink flowered form of this well loved native tree

A colourful tree that is covered in pink-red double flowers in April and May. A hardy variety with mid-green lobed leaves - ideal for attracting wildlife to the garden. Birds love the red haws in autumn.

Where?

A pollution tolerant tree that is happy in cottage, coastal and informal gardens as well as urban areas. It grows well in sun or partial shade.

How?

This tree is happy in any soil type, though avoid water-logged areas.

Crataegus Paul's Scarlet was first seen in Hertfordshire in the 1850s.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From February to September