Cockspur thorn

Crataegus crus-galli

Cockspur thorn - Crataegus crus-galli

Common Name: Cockspur thorn
Genus: Crataegus
Species: crus-galli

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 9.00 m (900 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: a tough tree for small gardens

    A small deciduous tree with spreading branches which are clothed in curved thorns and glossy green leaves that turn brilliant shades of scarlet before falling in autumn. In early summer clusters of pretty cup-shaped white flowers with pink anthers appear and as they fade decorative dark red fruits develop which last for several months. This delightful and very tough tree is a valuable asset to a small garden as it has a prolonged period of interest throughout the year.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.


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