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Crataegus persimilis Prunifolia Splendens

Flowering Thorn

Colourful small tree providing lots of colour, and food and shelter for birds

A small thorny tree with a rounded form and glossy green oval leaves providing a fine background for the display of white flowers in early summer. In autumn the leaves take on gorgeous tints of coppery orange and crimson setting off the clusters of shiny red berries.


Great for smaller informal and cottage gardens and tough enough to grow well in exposed areas from city gardens to coastal ones. It grows well in full sun or partial shade.


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

‘Prunifolia’ is latin for ‘with plum-like leaves’ and Splendens means 'radiant'

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 - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 600 cm - 750 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, 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 Cottage garden, Courtyard garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From February to September