Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet - Hawthorn Tree
Plant bare-root, UK-native hawthorn Crataegus laevigata Pauls Scarlet in your garden for excellent wildlife-friendly trees that you can use as hedgero...Read More
Plant bare-root, UK-native hawthorn Crataegus laevigata Pauls Scarlet in your garden for excellent wildlife-friendly trees that you can use as hedgerow plants or individually as stand-alone trees.
Crataegus laevigata Pauls Scarlet is a rounded thorny-tree with spring blossom, lobed green leaves in summer and bright red berries in autumn that although harmful to humans, are a valuable food source for birds. Hawthorns are perfect trees for attracting wildlife, including pollinating insects when they flower in May.
They can be used as specimen trees or as part of a flowering boundary hedge.
Producing thorns they are trees perfectly suited for the rare butcher birds. The great grey and red-backed shrike use thorns to impale their successful prey.
Crataegus are ideal small trees, well-suited to urban, windy or exposed situations, ideal for a large number of habitats. These tough trees will cope with most soils and growing conditions, even thriving in coastal areas where they shrug off salt-laden winds.
Nesting birds take advantage of the tight framework of branches with form protective nesting sites. Look out for yellowhammers and other hedgerow birds like hedge sparrows.
How to plant your tree
This bare-root variety arrives to you as a bare-root plant fully-labelled with its roots surrounded by a polythene bag to give the roots a good, humid environment.
There should be some healthy roots which will develop strongly in the ground over winter. The stems are bare on arrival- this is perfectly fine- and will start to grow and develop leaves in spring the following year when the weather warm up.
Bare-root plants are perfect for you to plant in the ground or in containers anytime from autumn to spring. The head of leaves and stems will burst into leaf and flower from next spring, and a good root network which will establish in the ground over winter.
Remove the polythene bag and water the root area of your bare-root plant on arrival. Try to plant straight away but if this is not possible your plant will survive up to two or three days with its roots buried in some loose moist soil. Keep out of direct-sun.
Once planted in rich, moist soil provide a thick layer of compost on the surface around the plant will keep the soil area warm and the roots stimulated for over winter.
Eventual height: 8m (26ft)
Supplied as bare-root plant
Delivery from early November to early April