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Crataegus Laevigata Plena or Hawthorn Plena, is notable for its showy white flowers in early summer. Our standard tree shapes on long clear stems make these well-established English hybrids even more suitable for gardens large and small!
Crataegus Laevigata or Cockspur Thorn is less common than the native common hawthorn Crataegus Monogyna. The cultivar Crataegus Laevigata Plena was bred in 1770 in the UK. It has thorny stems, and small, oval, glossy dark green leaves up to 5 cm in length, which are almost hidden in June and July when the fragrant double white flowers bloom in profusion, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Starting out a pure white, they fade to a soft pink before falling. The flowers are followed by red berries which will attract birds in autumn and winter. The leaves turn yellow-red in autumn to finish the year with a burst of colour.
Hardy in all parts of the UK and continental Europe, Crataegus Laevigata Plena will naturally grow to 5 metres high and 4 metres across in 20 years, reaching a mature height and spread of 8 metres in 50 years. In the case of these standard-shaped trees, a trim once per year will suffice to maintain the standard clear stem shape and rounded, semi-open crown.
Plant Crataegus Laevigata Plena in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil, in an exposed or sheltered position. Hawthorn Plena will tolerate wetter soil, but is also fairly drought-tolerant once established. It is also very tolerant of salt, so it can be planted with special protection in coastal regions. Its high tolerance for pollution makes this native tree perfect for city gardens as well. In the country, the young bark may need protection from rabbits.
Crataegus Laevigata Plena makes an excellent specimen tree for a focal point in a small to medium lawn, where its flowers, fruit and foliage will show to advantage. One tree would also be perfect for shading a patio in summer, with the added bonus of the blooms and autumn colour. This native plant is ideal for inclusion in a wildlife or woodland garden, where it will provide nesting spots for birds, and a nectar source for bees and butterflies. A row of Hawthorn Plena makes a good windbreak in a coastal garden to shelter more sensitive plants.
Crataegus Laevigata Plena is a lovely cultivar of the native Hawthorn, grown as a standard tree to increase its suitability for a variety of planting schemes. Its flowers and foliage make it perfect for UK gardens!
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