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Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' (Cockspur Hawthorn)

Cockspur Hawthorn 'Prunifolia', Broad-Leaved Cockspur Thorn 'Prunifolia', Crataegus persimilis 'MacLeod', Crataegus prunifolia


Hard to beat for fall color, award-winning Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' (Cockspur Hawthorn) is a small, broad-crowned, deciduous tree with four seasons of interest. In late spring, it is generously covered in dense clusters of strongly fragrant, white flowers and provides a spectacular floral display. In summer, its branches are clothed with glossy, broad-oval, gleaming green leaves. Like most hawthorns, they are well armed with sharp thorns, about 2 in. long (5 cm). In the fall, the foliage turns glorious shades of scarlet, deep yellow and purple. Adding their charm to the show are crimson round fruits clustered among the glowing leaves. Attractive to wild birds, they adorn the branches well into winter. Even the spreading, dome shape of the tree remains imposing throughout winter. The flamboyant flowers and blazing fall color make it a lovely specimen in a lawn.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 25-30 ft. tall and wide (7-9 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this tree is easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen tree for cottage gardens.
  • Requires only minimal pruning in late winter or early spring, to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth.
  • Keep an eye out for caterpillars, gall mites, aphids, leaf spots and fireblight.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 7
Heat Zones 6 – 7
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Crataegus - Hawthorns
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 7
Heat Zones 6 – 7
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Crataegus - Hawthorns
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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