Crimson Cloud Hawthorn, Large Trees
- Native, thorny. Red flowers.
- Any soil / location except very wet areas.
- Sizes: Standards Only
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Max. Height: 12m
- Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar
Crataegus Crimson Cloud: Bareroot Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Trees in Standard Sizes
Crataegus Crimson Cloud, is a (technically) native, small to medium-sized, ornamental Midland Hawthorn tree with profuse red flowers in May held in rounded clusters, making the tree hazy with colour and fragrance. The edges of each flower are deep pink-red, with white "eyes" in the centre. They have an unusual, rich fragrance that is very popular with bees & butterflies, and nesting birds like the thorny branches.
The fruit, known as haws, have decent decorative value, being small, shiny red and carried in bunches all over the tree. They add to the interest of the autumn display and stay on the branches after all the leaves have fallen, providing food for birds such as finches and tits.
It is suitable for most gardens making a tidy tree of no more than 10 metres.
Delivery season: Hawthorn trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
- Height: 8-10m
- Soil: Any well drained
- Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
- Colour: Red flowers in May
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Crimson Cloud
Very hardy. Any well drained soil. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution.
Did You Know?
Crimson Cloud was bred over in America, though its parents were brought there from Britain and you would have a tough time telling it apart from Crataegus laevigata Punicea, which was cultivated here in the 1820's. This tree won the RHS Award of Merit in 1990, which is a prize given to cuttings of plants on display for their beauty.
Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
Notes on planting Crataegus Crimson Cloud trees:
You can grow Hawthorn almost anywhere, including chalky soil and pretty wet, boggy places. It is happy in poor soil, polluted spots by a road or industrial site and is good to plant in very exposed, windy sites.
They will grow on the coast, although they won't grow on really thin, sandy soil with no organic matter in it.
They don't mind growing in shade, but they will produce fewer flowers.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.