Crataegus phaenopyrum at Cathays Cemetery

Crataegus phaenopyrum 0

Crataegus phaenopyrum
late October 2020

Crataegus phaenopyrum 1

Crataegus phaenopyrum
mid May 2021

Grid reference ST 18107 78534
Common name Washington thorn
Origin South east USA
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2020
Map section T
Height 4M October 2020
Girth 49cm @0.6M October 2020
Reference 612

This tree is towards the south end, roughly midway between Fairoak and Allensbank roads.

The ring around the base of the trunk is not a graft but is where a polypropylene rope strap was not cut and has become embedded in the tree. By mid November 2020 most of the leaves had dropped leaving red haws 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
7.8 6.4 5
8.6 7 5
7.4 6 5
8 6.8 5
7 5.5 5
8 6.2 5
6.5 5.2 5

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

Crataegus phaenopyrum bark

Crataegus phaenopyrum bark, the trunk nearly prostrate
early November 2020

Crataegus phaenopyrum thorn

Crataegus phaenopyrum thorn
late October 2020

Crataegus phaenopyrum foliage

Crataegus phaenopyrum Autumn foliage
late October 2020

Crataegus phaenopyrum leaf

Crataegus phaenopyrum leaf
late October 2020

Crataegus phaenopyrum haw

Crataegus phaenopyrum haws
late October 2020

Crataegus phaenopyrum bud1

Crataegus phaenopyrum leaves & flower buds
mid May 2021

Crataegus phaenopyrum bud2

Crataegus phaenopyrum flower buds
mid May 2021

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.