• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Crataegus laevigata 'Punicea'

hawthorn 'Punicea'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
hawthorn 'Punicea'

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  • Other common names hawthorn 'Punicea'

  • Synonyms Crataegus laevigata Crimson Cloud
    Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud'

    Crataegus oxyacantha 'Punicea'

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  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Crataegus are deciduous trees and shrubs, usually with spiny branches, lobed or toothed leaves, and clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by red or black fruits. Some have fine autumn colour

  • Details 'Punicea' is a small, thorny, deciduous tree with glossy, lobed leaves, and clusters of white-eyed, deep pink flowers in late spring, followed by dark red fruit in early autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Very tolerant plants growing in any soil that is not waterlogged, in full sun or partial shade. Useful specimen trees for town, coastal or exposed gardens

Propagation Propagate by chip budding in mid- to late summer or grafting in late winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Prone to caterpillars, gall mites and aphids

Diseases May be affected by leaf spots and fireblight

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