Crataegus orientalis #3 at Bute Park

Crataegus orientalis 0

Crataegus orientalis
early September 2016

Crataegus orientalis 1

Crataegus orientalis
mid June 2017

Crataegus orientalis 2

Crataegus orientalis
mid October 2017

Grid reference ST 17627 77393
Common name Oriental thorn
Alternative name Crataegus laciniata
Origin Asia Minor, Greece and Crimea
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Tag 2742
Missing old tag 503
Planted 1992
Height 4M September 2016
Girth 48cm @ 0.6M September 2016
Reference 471

This tree is in the southerly section of the Hawthorn group, close to the canal tow path. In 2016 no flowers or fruit were seen on this otherwise healthy looking tree. 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
17.2 16.0 5
18.5 16.8 4
17.4 14.5 5
16.2 15.4 4

Haws were slightly polygonal and diameter was measured across corners.

Crataegus orientalis leaf

Crataegus orientalis leaves & buds
late May 2017

Crataegus orientalis flower

Crataegus orientalis flowers
mid June 2017

Crataegus orientalis flower2

Crataegus orientalis flowers
mid June 2017

Crataegus orientalis fruit

Crataegus orientalis fruit
mid October 2017

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.