Crataegus laevigata Crimson Cloud
- Flowering month: May
- Flower colour: Red - dark
- Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Fruit colour: Red
Crimson Cloud is a popular cultivar of the hawthorn species Crataegus laevigata, and grows into a large dense tree.
The main attraction of Crimson Cloud is its mass of dark red flowers, accentuated by white centres. These are followed in the autumn by a thick covering of red fruitlets.
As with most forms of the species Crataegus laevigata, the branches are protected by short thorns.
Crimson Cloud trees for sale
1-year Crimson Cloud tree - bare root
2-year Crimson Cloud tree - in a 12L pot
What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
How to grow
If you have rabbits in the vicinity be sure to protect the trees, as rabbits like to eat young hawthorn bark.
If planting 1-year bare-root hawthorns, cut the main stem at about 1.5m - 1.75m to stimulate side shoots the following year. Pot-grown trees have already had this formative training at the nursery and do not need pruning.
Crimson Cloud characteristics
- Height 10 years:
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Growth habit:
- Site conditions:
Coastal site Occasional flooding
- Flowering month:
- Flower colour:
Red - dark
- Flower form:
Single flower (5-8 petals)
- Flower size:
- Leaf colour:
- Fruit colour:
- Fruit size:
Attractive to birds