Everyone loves the flowering Cherry trees, which bloom in April. Giving just as good a show a few weeks later is the Hawthorns. This one featured today is quite spectacular Hawthorn Laevigata Crimson Cloud.
Hawthorn of course is the common name, but to be honest, I never hear of it being mentioned as anything other than Hawthorn. Officially it is a (Crataegus) so this one is (Crataegus Laevigata Crimson Cloud)
Hawthorn Laevigata Crimson Cloud in our Fife Garden
We have this Hawthorn at the front of the house. It is in a large pot, perhaps not the best idea. However, it is looking pretty good at the moment.
Nevertheless, a time will come when the soil and space available in the pot will not be enough to sustain it. This is the Hawthorns third year, I think it should be good for another three. On the optimistic side, the root restriction may simply make the tree less vigorous and last longer in the pot than I am suggesting.
We actually have six apple trees which have been in pots for six years now and still looking pretty good, well, one of them seems to be complaining a little.
About Hawthorn Laevigata Crimson Cloud
Definitely an ornamental tree with a lot going for it. Good for wildlife, seriously good to look at planted in the ground.
cross between ‘Charles X’ and ‘Paul’s Scarlet
Grows to a height of six metres and spread of four, but it can take about twenty years to do so. This is regarded as a tree suitable for the smaller garden, depends on your neighbours’ attitude.
Flowers and leaves
The glossy mid green leaves are deeply cut and turn shades of yellow and orange in Autumn.
In the month of May, masses of red flowers with white centre are produced giving a magnificent show, followed with red/orange berries which the garden birds will love. Be warned, the branches have sharp thorns.
Carries the RHS award of garden merit.
Sun or partial shade, doesn’t mind cold exposed damp areas, making it well suited to the Scottish garden.
In Winter, when the tree is dormant, cutting back dead branches and a little tidy up is all it needs. Remember, take care of those thorns.