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The Crataegus tree, commonly known as hawthorn, is a deciduous tree or shrub known for its small, fragrant flowers, thorny branches, and red berries. It is often used in landscaping and herbal medicine for its ornamental and medicinal properties. 

Crataegus trees provide food and shelter for wildlife, with their berries attracting birds and small mammals and their dense branches offering nesting sites and protection.


Crataegus Tree: The Perfect Hedge and a Wildlife Haven

The crataegus, better known as the hawthorn, is ideal for creating lush and secure hedges while providing a haven for wildlife at the same time. This plant is a true gem in both gardening and natural medicine, sparking curiosity and appreciation in those who discover its qualities.

This plant is renowned for its cardiovascular benefits, notably in enhancing heart health and regulating blood pressure. Its berries, leaves, and flowers contain antioxidants and bioflavonoids, making it a valuable herbal remedy for promoting overall heart health and circulation.

The Best Crateagus Tree for Sale

Discover the finest hawthorn varieties at our nursery, each with its unique charm and characteristics. To assist you in selecting the perfect hawthorn for your garden, here's an overview of essential information created to guide your choice:

Crataegus Persimilis Prunifolia, also known as Cockspur Hawthorn, is an award-winning hawthorn with striking autumn foliage - its leaves turn from glossy green to beautiful crimson, yellow, and purple. Bright red berries persist on branches during the winter. This hawthorn is an ideal ornamental tree for adding vibrant colour to your garden. It typically reaches a height of 6-7 meters and can spread equally.

Crataegus Laevigata Rosea Flore Pleno tree is an award-winning, small tree with a rounded crown and thorny branches with a profusion of beautiful double pink flowers in spring and vivid red berries in autumn and winter. It reaches a height of about 4.5 to 6 meters with a similar spread. A perfect choice to add a splash of colour to a small garden.

Crataegus Laevigata Crimson Cloud is an award-winning ornamental hawthorn with the abundance of single, dark pink flowers with white centres and lush, green foliage that turns yellow and bronze in autumn, and lovely red berries in autumn and winter. It typically grows from 6 to 7.5 meters and spreads equally. Great for medium-sized gardens.

Crataegus Laevigata Paul's Scarlet, also known as English Hawthorn, is an award-winning hawthorn with a dense, rounded crown with thorny branches and stunning vibrant, double scarlet flowers that offer spectacular display in spring and early summer. It is a highly sought-after ornamental tree great for medium-sized gardens since it reaches 6 to 7.5 meters in height and spread.

Crataegus Laevigata Plena, also known as the White Flowering Hawthorn Tree, is a dense, spreading, thorny ornamental tree admired for the breathtaking display of beautiful double white flowers in late spring. It is sterile and produces no fruit. It usually grows about 4 to 6.5 meters in height and spread.

Find Crataegus Tree for Sale in UK – Arundel Arboretum

If you are thinking about planting this low-maintenance ornamental plant in your garden and are looking for crataegus trees for sale, Arundel Arboretum in Chichester is the right place for you to go. We will be more than happy to welcome you and assist you.

If you want to buy crataegus trees online, explore our web store and our carefully curated, both young and mature crataegus trees for sale. Browse our selection of crataegus tree UK varieties to find the perfect fit for your garden. Find what you need and the rest is on us. Buying crataegus trees has never been easier!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is crataegus the same as hawthorn?
    Yes, crataegus is the same as hawthorn. It is a genus of several hundred species of shrubs and trees in the Rosaceae family.
  • What is another name for the crataegus plant?
    Crataegus is also known as hawthorn, whitethorn, maybush, mayblossom, quickthorn, thornapple, maytree, mayflower, or hawberry.
  • Is crataegus a bush?
    Crataegus can grow as a bush or a tree. Crataegus genus includes numerous species and their growth forms vary from dense bushy shrubs to medium-sized and small crataegus trees.
  • Is crataegus an evergreen?
    Crataegus is not an evergreen plant. All hawthorn species are deciduous and lose their leaves annually.
  • How fast does the crataegus tree grow?
    The growth rate of crataegus trees varies by species, but they are generally considered as slow to moderate growers. They usually grow 30 to 60 centimetres per year.
  • What is the lifespan of the crataegus tree?
    The lifespan of the crataegus varies depending on the species and growing conditions, but many of them can live for over 100 years, even longer.
  • What is the maximum height of a crataegus tree?
    The height of a crataegus tree can vary a lot and usually ranges from 3 to 15 meters, depending on the species. It spreads between 3 to 12 meters.
  • Is there a dwarf crataegus tree UK?
    Yes, there are dwarf varieties of crataegus trees available in the UK. They are suitable for very small gardens and limited spaces.
  • Where is the best place to plant a crataegus tree?
    Crataegus is adaptable to a wide range of soils, except waterlogged. It thrives in moist, loamy, well-drained soils, in full sun but can also grow in partial shade. It can tolerate urban pollution and exposed sites.
  • What is the root depth of the crataegus?
    The root system of crataegus trees is moderately deep and spreading. The roots can spread out to the sides as wide as the tree is tall.
  • Can crataegus be used for hedging?
    Yes, crataegus is commonly used for hedging. It has dense growth habit and often thorny branches and can tolerate hard pruning. Therefore, it is very suitable for creating thick and secure hedges.
  • Does Crataegus have thorns?
    Many crataegus species have thorns or small spikes on their branches, but not all.
  • Is crataegus suitable for urban environments?
    Most crataegus varieties are resistant to urban pollution and adaptable to compacted soil conditions, therefore, suitable for urban conditions and urban landscapes.
  • Is crataegus cold-hardy?
    Many species of crataegus are cold-hardy and can withstand very cold temperatures and frost. Some hawthorn species can withstand very harsh winter climates. However, cold hardiness can vary depending on the species.
  • When should I prune my crataegus?
    Crataegus should be pruned during the dormant season, in late winter or early spring before the new growth.
  • What are the cons of crataegus?
    The cons of crataegus can be their thorns, messy fruits that require regular cleaning when they fall, susceptibility to some diseases, slow growth, or invasive potential. However, its benefits like lovely flowers, hardiness, and value for wildlife.
  • Is crataegus toxic?
    Crataegus plants, including their berries, leaves, and flowers, are not considered toxic to humans when consumed in normal quantities. In fact, hawthorn berries have been traditionally used in herbal medicine and as a food source. However, it can be toxic for pets, especially cats and dogs.
  • Is crataegus edible?
    Many species of crataegus produce edible berries. They can vary in flavour but are generally tart or slightly sweet when they are ripe. They can be used for jams, jellies, pies, teas, and medicinal extracts.
  • Is the crataegus susceptible to diseases or pests?
    Crataegus is susceptible to some pests and diseases. The two most destructive diseases of hawthorns are rust and fireblight.
  • What is the medicinal use of crataegus?
    The crataegus leaves, flowers, and berries have a long history of medicinal use. They are most commonly used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.
  • Is there a crataegus tree for sale near me?
    If you are looking for a crataegus tree sale UK and you are in South East or London, come and visit our Arundel Arboretum nursery and our crataegus tree farm. If you are not near us, we invite you to explore our online store and find your perfect plant. The rest is on us. If you have any questions about buying crataegus trees or if there's anything we can assist you with, please feel free to reach out.


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