Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' at Cathays Cemetery

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 0

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
late September 2020

Grid reference ST 18359 78812
Common name Cherry leaved hawthorn
Common name Broad-leaved cockspur thorn
Alternative name Crataegus prunifolia
Alternative name Crataegus x persimilis 'Prunifolia'
Origin East North America
Deciduous Yes
Map section L
Height 6M September 2020
Girth inaccessible
Reference 605

This tree is north east of the chapels, near the railway line. The thorns are plentiful and typically between 3cm and 5cm 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
14.5 14.5 2
14 14 2
13 12 2
14 13 2
14 14 2
14 14 2

Measurements were taken in late September 2020.

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' thorn

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' thorns
late September 2020

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' thorn2

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' thorns
late October 2020

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' haws
late September 2020

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' leaf

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' leaves
late September 2020

General tree description

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' is a small, broad-headed tree, usually around 6 metres tall, but exceptionally 9 metres. Its bark is grey-brown and very scaly. The leaves are broad ovate, up to 8cm, dark glossy green and toothed but not lobed. They are richly coloured in autumn. The flowers are white, 1.5cm and appear in spring. In autumn the fruits are dark red haws, up to 15mm diameter.