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Crataegus monogyna

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Hawthorn

A great hedge for attracting wildlife

The common hawthorn is a British native and a very important hedgerow plant providing food and shelter for many animals, insects and birds

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
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 Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Light sandy, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium, Well drained
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 City or courtyard garden, Cottage or informal garden, Garden edging, Wildlife gardens