Crataegus meyeri at Bute Park

Crataegus meyeri 0

Crataegus meyeri
late May 2016

Crataegus meyeri 1

Crataegus meyeri
mid September 2016

Grid reference ST 17612 77348
Common name  
Origin Caucasus
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2016
Missing tag 2760
Missing old tag 361
Planted 1991-2
Height 4.5M May 2016
Girth 72cm @ 0.75M May 2016
Reference 442

This tree is located at the south end of the Hawthorn group, on the west side near the footpath. No thorns were seen on the tree.

In early September 2016 its haws were red and typically 13mm diameter. Inside there was a single pip. In late October the haws remained bright red.

The following table gives the approximate physical measurements of examined haws together with the number of pips found within them.

Diameter mm Length mm No. of pips
13.0 14.5 1
13.0 15.0 1

Measurements were taken in late October 2017.

Crataegus meyeri bark

Crataegus meyeri bark
late May 2016

Crataegus meyeri leaf

Crataegus meyeri leaves
late May 2016

Crataegus meyeri flower

Crataegus meyeri flowers
late May 2016

Crataegus meyeri flower2

Crataegus meyeri flowers
late May 2016

Crataegus meyeri fruit1

Crataegus meyeri fruit
late August 2016

Crataegus meyeri fruit2

Crataegus meyeri fruit
late August 2016

Crataegus meyeri fruit3

Crataegus meyeri fruit showing segmented shape
early September 2016

General tree description

Crataegus meyeri grows to around 4 metres by 4 metres. When first open its flowers have an aromatic scent, but later develop an unpleasant, rotten odour which attracts midges, the main means of fertilization. The fruits are about 15mm in diameter, ripening to red in September. Inside each fruit are up to five fairly large seeds which stick together to give the effect of a single seed.

C. meyeri is not common in Britain and is described in the Tree Register as present "in one or two collections".