Crataegus x lavallei at Heath Park

Crataegus x lavallei 0

Crataegus x lavallei
late October 2017

Crataegus x lavallei 1

Crataegus x lavallei
early June 2018

Grid reference ST 17363 79591
Common name Hybrid cockspur thorn
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Height 8.5M October 2017
Girth 114cm October 2017
Reference 538

This tree is at the south end of the western perimeter path.

Leaves are up to 80mm long and 35mm broad, tapered at the base, with the lowest section untoothed and the higher section toothed.

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
13.0 14.0 1
12.0 14.5 1
11.0 14.0 1
15.0 18.0 1
11.0 14.0 1

Measurements were taken in late October 2017.

Crataegus x lavallei bark

Crataegus x lavallei bark
late October 2017

Crataegus x lavallei foliage

Crataegus x lavallei foliage
late October 2017

Crataegus x lavallei fruit

Crataegus x lavallei fruits
late October 2017

Crataegus x lavallei flower

Crataegus x lavallei flowers
early June 2018

Crataegus x lavallei leaf

Crataegus x lavallei leaves & flowers
early June 2018

General tree description

Crataegus x lavallei is thought to be a hybrid of the Cockspur thorn C. crus-galli and the semi-evergreen C. stipulacea / C. mexicana. It may grow up to to 12 metres tall, with a dense, level shape. The habit is perhaps more spreading and lax than the 'Carrierei' clone. Its bark is grey and scaly, and there are few thorns. It has glossy green leaves up to 10cm long, with the lowest third untoothed. The flowers are white, 2.5cm across, on woolly stalks, appearing in early summer. The fruits are 18mm orange-red or dull scarlet haws, lasting through winter. The leaves remain almost evergreen until they drop in early winter.