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Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
8m
Max height
8m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Crataegus laevigata

Other names

Midland hawthorn, Whitethorn, English hawthorn, Quickset thorn, Quickthorn, May, Ablespyne, Bird eagles

Genus

Crataegus Crataegus

Species

C. laevigata - C. laevigata is a small deciduous tree with thorny branches and glossy, pinnately lobed leaves. Flowers form in corymbs of creamy-white flowers. Red fruit appear in early autumn.


Crataegus laevigata is: Deciduous

Habit

Rounded to broadly spreading

Toxicity

The fruit can cause mild stomach upset if ingested.

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Gall mites Aphids , Caterpillars , Gall mites

Fireblight , Leaf spot Fireblight , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grows well in town, coastal or exposed gardens. Can be used for hedging.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Crataegus laevigata

Other names

Midland hawthorn, Whitethorn, English hawthorn, Quickset thorn, Quickthorn, May, Ablespyne, Bird eagles

Genus

Crataegus Crataegus

Species

C. laevigata - C. laevigata is a small deciduous tree with thorny branches and glossy, pinnately lobed leaves. Flowers form in corymbs of creamy-white flowers. Red fruit appear in early autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Rounded to broadly spreading

Toxicity

The fruit can cause mild stomach upset if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Gall mites

Specific diseases

Fireblight , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grows well in town, coastal or exposed gardens. Can be used for hedging.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn)

Common pest name

Round headed apple tree borer

Scientific pest name

Saperda candida

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

American wood boring beetle; single European incursion into a German Island in the Baltic; limited likelihood of introduction into the UK due to small volume of trade and import inspections. Possible EU listing will limit risk further.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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