Crataegus phaenopyrum at Bute Park

Crataegus phaenopyrum 0

Crataegus phaenopyrum
late May 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum 1

Crataegus phaenopyrum in flower
early July 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum 2

Crataegus phaenopyrum
late October 2016

Grid reference ST 17596 77403
Common name Washington thorn
Origin South east USA
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2016
Tag 2725
Old tag 252
Height 4M May 2016
Girth 35cm @ 1M May 2016
Reference 446

This tree is located slightly north of the centre of the Hawthorn group. Thorns were between 1 and 2cm long.

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
8.0 6.0 3
8.0 6.5 4
8.0 6.5 4
8.0 6.5 4
7.5 7.0 4
8.0 7.0 4
8.0 6.5 5

Measurements were taken in late October 2017.

Crataegus phaenopyrum leaf

Crataegus phaenopyrum leaves
late May 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum flower

Crataegus phaenopyrum flowers
early July 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit1

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit
late August 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit2

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit
mid September 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit3

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit
early October 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit4

Crataegus phaenopyrum fruit
late October 2016

Crataegus phaenopyrum thorn

Crataegus phaenopyrum thorns
mid October 2020

General tree description

Crataegus phaenopyrum is a small, round-headed tree growing up to around 10 metres tall. It has glossy dark green leaves, shallowly-lobed and toothed, up to about 6cm long. They turn attractive shades of red and orange in autumn. There are clusters of large, white, five-petaled, fragrant flowers in early summer, followed by small crimson fruits that persist through the winter.