This pretty Hawthorn has a lovely flush of double, pink-red flowers that appear around May when many other spring blossom trees have finished.
Its foliage is a classic Hawthorn shape, small and dark green, turning red in the autumn when the small red fruit arrive.
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is a sport of a specimen of Crataegus ‘Rosea Flora Pleno’ found in a Herefordshire Garden in the 1850’s, and is one of the most popular thorns available, favoured for its thrill of late spring blossom. A fabulous tree, it won the First Class Certificate in 1858 and the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
This small but tough tree is quite resilient and will perform fine in most soils, from very dry to wet conditions. It can take a while to root after planting, so we recommend light pruning of the crown in the first few years to ensure long term stability.
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is well worth including in any wildlife planting project, for its extended spring flowers that reaches well into summer.
This small to medium sized tree is good for exposed or coastal sites as it is one of the very few ornamental varieties which can withstand a little salt wind.
Mature height: 5-7m.