Crataegus laevigata Paul’s Scarlet

Ornamental Hawthorn Paul’s Scarlet

Closely related to the common Hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata Paul’s Scarlet is a small, thorny, deciduous tree or large shrub, especially suitable for the informal or cottage garden. The growth habit is bushy and rounded. The flowers are fully double and a light, clear red, appearing in May. The deep green, glossy leaves are lobed like those of common whitethorn, appearing early and turning yellow and bronze in autumn as the crimson berries or haws appear. The haws persist after leaf-fall, as wild birds seem to like them less than other berries. It is our experience that this tree can be fussier to grow than other hawthorns, sometimes slow to leaf, but also quick to fall in the Autumn and prone to leaf issues if the conditions are not great. However a well grown specimen is a sight to behold.

Site: Will tolerate inland and coastal exposure
Soil: Any soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of Interest: Spring, autumn
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 13-26ft (4-8m) Spread: 13-26ft (4-8m) in approx 20 years

Type | Size: Pot | 2L / 4-5ft
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