Crataegus spp #2 at Bute Park

Crataegus spp 1

Crataegus spp in flower
late May 2017

Crataegus spp 2

Crataegus spp
mid October 2017

Grid reference ST 17581 77445
Common name Thorn
Deciduous Yes
Tag 2708
Old tag 376
Planted 1991-2
Height 7M October 2016
Girth 102cm @ 0.3M October 2016
Reference 479

This tree is at the north end of the Hawthorn group. No thorns were seen on the tree.

It was planted as Crataegus tanacetifolia. Its leaves are not typical of C. tanacetifolia in that they are not grey-green and downy. However the fruit is consistent with C. tanacetifolia being yellowish, around 23cm in diameter, tasting of apple and usually containing five pips.

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
23.0 22.0 4
22.5 22.0 5
24.5 21.5 5
23.5 21.5 5

Measurements were taken in late October 2017.

Crataegus spp bark

Crataegus spp bark
early September 2016

Crataegus spp flower

Crataegus spp flowers
late May 2017

Crataegus spp leaf

Crataegus spp leaves
early September 2016

Crataegus spp fruit2

Crataegus spp fruit
early October 2016

Crataegus spp leaf2

Crataegus spp leaves & fruit
early October 2016

Crataegus spp fruit4

Crataegus spp fruit
mid October 2017

General tree description for Crataegus spp

Exact species not yet determined.

General tree description for Crataegus tanacetifolia

Crataegus tanacetifolia is a small, usually thornless tree growing to around 10 metres. It has grey-brown, square cracked bark and grey, deeply-cut, downy leaves. In mid summer there are clusters of fragrant creamy white flowers, 2.5cm across. The fruits are yellowish haws ripening in autumn, 22mm in diameter and containing five pips.