Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)
Part of our hedging collection
Easy to grow, thorny, deciduous green leaved. A mass of fragrant white flowers in spring followed by bright red 'haws' in autumn, loved by birds and insects. The most widely used hedging plant in Britain, excellent for laying.
Month Available: November
Evergreen / Deciduous: Deciduous
Flower Colour: White
Suitable For Wildlife: Birds
Soil Type: Well-drained
Sun/Shade: Full sun or partial shade
Season of Interest: Spring, Autumn
Flower/Foliage/Berries: Flowers, Berries
Plant Type: Shrub
Height / Spread: 10m x 8m (32ft x 26ft) after 20-50years
When preparing the site to plant a hedge, you must remove any weeds, as they will compete with your hedge. The simplest and most environmentally friendly way is with a fork and spade, however weedkiller may be necessary. Most soils will not require any any fertiliser, however if your soil is sandy incorporate well-rotted manure or supplementary fertilisers
Where to Plant: Borders
Pests and Diseases: Aphids , Caterpillars , Gall mites, Fireblight , Leaf spot
Plant Care: During the first spring & summer water well (once a week) during dry periods. Applying a mulch of bark or well-rotted manure around the base of your hedge will suppress weeds and reduce evaporation
Care and Time: Low - spring
Warning: Harmful if eaten.
Planting your hedge
Water the roots of the plant thoroughly. Separate the individual plants out of the pot. Mark out planting distances using canes, there should be 60cm - 90cm (2-3ft) between plants. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Place one plant in the hole to the same depth as it was originally (look for the soil mark) Return soil to the hole , gently shake the plant to ensure the soil settles around the roots and firm down with your foot. Repeat for each plant . Water in well.
Benefits: Walls & fences do the job but living plants (hedges) offer so much more in terms of beauty, attracting wildlife. giving wind protection and improving security
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