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.
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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.
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
Approximate girth: 6/8cm.
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.