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Crataegus orientalis


Eastern Thorn

Pale silvery foliage and decorative berries

A beautiful tree with slightly hanging branches and large chalky white flowers in May. The branches spread out like long arms as the tree matures. The deeply lobed leaves are silvery-grey, turning yellow and bronze in autumn. Deep orange haws cover the plant in autumn and continue into the winter.


A tough plant that will grow well in exposed areas, so it is ideal in towns and coastal gardens. It likes to grow in full or partial shade.


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

A variety that comes from a mountain habitat so will survive in windy and exposed gardens.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 180 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 425 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
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 Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From February to September