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Crataegus monogyna "Paul's Scarlet" AKA Double Red Haw


 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 3:33 pm    Post subject: Crataegus monogyna "Paul's Scarlet" AKA Double Red Haw Reply with quote

This is Crataegus monogyna "Paul's Scarlet" commonly known as the "Double Red Hawthorn".


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Crataegus monogyna "Paul's Scarlet" facts and information.

This frost hardy large shrub/small tree is in fact a member of the rose family but without the rose's weaknesses of blackspot and greenfly. Crataegus monogyna "Paul's Scarlet" can have ultimate height of 6 metres (20ft); with a spread of approx 8 metres (25ft).

As these dimensions illustrate, the "Double Red Hawthorn" is usually wider than taller leading to a quite scrubby multi-branched shape. Because of this shape, I tend to suggest this large shrub/small tree for planting within a bed or border rather than as an individual specimen planting. Its relatively petite size means it will not dominate a bed or border and allows quite a bit of under planting.

The main reason this tree warrants a place in our gardens is the clusters of red flowers that are held within glossy irregular toothed leaves from March to May. The red flowers are double flowers with the typical "flower within a flower" look, held on a deciduous tree which also displays fine leaf colour in late autumn. Crataegus monogyna "Paul's Scarlet" requires a position in full sun to ensure regular heavy blooming.

Finally, on a lighter note, according to Celtic mythology, hawthorn is the tree most likely to be inhabited by fairies.
Please be aware of this when planting it within your garden.
Very Happy

To discover lots of information about our traditional native Irish hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), click here... Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
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