Crataegus laevigata Plena
- Flowering month: May
- Flower colour: White
- Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
The main feature of Plena is the small white double-flowers, which creates a more intense display than the more common single-flowered forms. Hawthorns are related to roses, and the flowers look very much like miniature roses.
In autumn the leaves take on seasonal tints, and are interspersed with small red haws.
This is also a compact tree, and well-suited to smaller gardens.
As with most forms of the species Crataegus laevigata, the branches are protected by short thorns.
Plena trees for sale
1-year Plena tree - bare root
2-year Plena 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.
- Height 10 years:
1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
- Growth habit:
- Site conditions:
Coastal site Occasional flooding
- Flowering month:
- Flower colour:
- Flower form:
Double flower (25-50 petals)
- Flower size:
- Leaf colour:
Attractive to birds