Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' at Heath Park

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 0

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
early August 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 1

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
early October 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 2

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
late October 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 3

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
early June 2016

Grid reference ST 17381 79892
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
Status Glamorgan Champion 2015
Height 6M August 2015
Girth 84cm August 2015
Reference 278

One of a group of three Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' opposite 42-43 George V Drive West. In early October the fruits were red, ranged in size from 10mm to 14mm diameter and contained two pips. Thorns were typically 1.5 to 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
12.0 12.0 2
12.0 12.0 2
12.5 14.0 2
11.5 11.5 2
12.0 12.0 3

Measurements were taken in late October 2017. Haws were spherical.

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' bark

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' bark
August 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' bark2

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' bark
August 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' flower

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' flowers
early June 2016

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' leaf

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' leaves
early August 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit
early August 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit2

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit
early October 2015

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' thorn

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' thorns
late October 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.