Double White Hawthorn, Large Trees
- Native, thorny. White flowers.
- Any soil / site except very wet areas.
- Sizes: Standards Only
- Max. Height: 8m
- Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar.
Crataegus Laevigata Plena Standard Trees
The plain English White Hawthorn tree, Crataegus laevigata Plena, is medium-sized, native and thorny with white flowers which can completely cover the tree in spring. They are double and develop a faint pink flush just before they fall. Hawthorn is an excellent tree for nesting birds. Suitable for most small gardens and any soil or site. White Hawthorn trees can reach a height of about 8 metres.
Did You Know?
This variety was bred in the 1770's.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All our standards are graded by their girth in centimetres about 1 metre above soil level. They aren't graded by their height. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres. Generally standard trees are 2.5 - 4.5 metres tall when they arrive, and they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us.
Notes on planting English White Hawthorn 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.