Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet

Paul's Scarlet is one of the finest English hawthorns. The main attraction is the dark pink blossom, often with white centres. Unusually for a hawthorn they are "double" flowers - the extra petals giving a more pronounced display than the single-flowered forms.

The green leaves also turn a plain yellow in autumn, and are dotted with crimson red berries.

Paul's Scarlet grows in a neat tidy fashion, making it a good garden tree.

As with most forms of the species Crataegus laevigata, the branches are protected by short thorns.

Paul's Scarlet trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 25th November 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Paul's Scarlet tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Paul's Scarlet tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years

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.

Crataegus laevigata Pauls Scarlet hawthorn

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.

Paul's Scarlet characteristics


  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding
  • Sunlight: Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • Crataegus laevigata
    Similar to Paul's Scarlet, but with double white flowers.
  • Crataegus laevigata
    Rosea Flore Pleno
    Similar to Paul's Scarlet but with dusky pink double flowers.
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