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Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet' (d) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Red in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

hawthorn 'Paul's Scarlet'

Family

Rosaceae


Crataegus are deciduous trees and shrubs, usually with spiny branches, lobed or toothed leaves, and clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by red or black fruits. Some have fine autumn colour

'Paul's Scarlet' is a small, rounded deciduous thorny tree with lobed, glossy leaves. Flowers fully double, light red

Synonym(s)

  • Crataegus laevigata 'Coccinea Plena'
  • Crataegus oxycantha 'Paul Scarlet'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in most soils in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Prone to caterpillars, gall mites and aphids

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot and fireblight