Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' at Bute Park

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 2

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' in flower
late May 2017

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 0

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
late August 2016

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' 1

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' in fruit
mid September 2016

Grid reference ST 17598 77371
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 Wales Champion 2013
Tag 2746
Height 6.5M August 2016
Girth 121cm August 2016
Reference 468
Blown over in storm February 2020

This tree is in the middle of the Hawthorn group but close to the foot path.

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
11.0 12.0 1
11.5 12.5 2
10.0 11.5 2
12.0 12.0 2

Measurements were taken in late October 2017.

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' bark

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' bark
early September 2016

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' flower

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' flowers
late May 2017

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' leaves and fruit
late August 2016

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit2

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' leaves and fruit
late August 2016

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit3

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' fruit
early October 2016

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.