†Crataegus x sinaica at Bute Park

Crataegus x sinaica 0

Crataegus x sinaica
late December 2015

Crataegus x sinaica 2

Crataegus x sinaica
late May 2017

Crataegus x sinaica 1

Crataegus x sinaica
mid September 2016

Grid reference ST 17614 77397
Common name Azarola thorn
Alternative name Crataegus azarolus var. sinaica
Origin Middle East
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2013
Tag 2741
Old tag 155
Height 11M January 2016
Girth 166cm December 2015
Reference 387

†Labelled on the tree as Crataegus azarolus var. sinaica.

This tree is in the centre of the Hawthorn group. In 2016 it produced no flowers in spring and no fruit in late summer. Flowers were produced in 2017. 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
16.6 14.7 2
17.2 15.9 2
17.9 15 2
16.8 15.2 2
16 14 2

Measurements were taken in late October 2020. Length measurement was for main body of the fruit and did not include the peduncle.

Crataegus x sinaica bark

Crataegus x sinaica bark
early June 2016

Crataegus x sinaica leaf

Crataegus x sinaica new leaves
mid April 2016

Crataegus x sinaica leaf2

Crataegus x sinaica leaves
late May 2017

Crataegus x sinaica flower

Crataegus x sinaica flowers
late May 2017

Crataegus x sinaica foliage

Crataegus x sinaica foliage
late October 2020

Crataegus x sinaica fruit

Crataegus x sinaica fruit & leaves
late October 2020

Crataegus x sinaica fruit2

Crataegus x sinaica fruit
late October 2020

General tree description

Crataegus x sinaica is thought to be a natural hybrid of the Common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Azarole (Crataegus azarolus). It is an upright small tree growing to around 10 metres, with brown or grey rough-textured bark. The leaves are wedge-shaped, deeply lobed, with three to five lobes, and may also be coarsely toothed. The flowers are white, cream or pink, about 15mm across, and come in clusters in spring or early summer. The fruits are large, shiny, rounded, red haws, 10-25mm across, containing two or three pips.