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Crataegus Crus Galli (Cockspur Thorn)

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Crataegus Crus Galli (Cockspur Thorn)


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Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: all soils except waterlogged
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: May
Flower colour: white
Other features: a tough tree for small gardens
Hardiness: very hardy
A small, deciduous tree with spreading branches, which are clothed in curved thorns and glossy green leaves that turn brilliant shades of scarlet before falling in autumn. In early summer clusters of pretty, cup-shaped white flowers with pink anthers appear and as they fade, decorative, dark red fruits develop, which last for several months. This delightful and very tough tree is a valuable asset to a small garden as it has a prolonged period of interest throughout the year.Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

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