|Grid reference||ST 17580 77403|
|Common name||Oriental thorn|
|Alternative name||Crataegus laciniata|
|Origin||Asia Minor, Greece and Crimea|
|Height||4M June 2016|
|Girth||32cm @ 1M June 2016|
This tree is in the northerly section of the Hawthorn group but close to foot path. By mid June 2016 this tree, although looking healthy, had very few flowers. In late August 2016 no fruit could be seen. No thorns were seen on the tree.
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|
Haws were slightly polygonal and diameter was measured across corners.
General tree description
Crataegus orientalis is a small tree, usually up to about 7 metres tall. It has a neat round or flat head of branches usually on a single vertical stem. Often the branches are thornless. The bark is brown, perhaps with orange-pink tints, and coarsely scaly. The leaves are deeply cut, dark green above and grey underneath, with fine hairs on both sides. There are white flowers in early summer, and in autumn large (18mm) haws, red or yellowish-red and containing five pips.