Pauls Scarlet Hawthorn, Large Trees
- Native, thorny.
- Deep Pink flowers in May
- Any soil / site except in water.
- Max. Height: 8m
- Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar.
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
Crataegus laevigata Pauls Scarlet: Bareroot Pauls Scarlet Hawthorn Trees in Standard Sizes
Paul's Scarlet Hawthorn is covered in masses of red, double flowers in May. So much so that it can be hard to see anything else: a wonderful sight. In autumn, it is covered in fruit called haws, and in a good year the rest of the tree can almost disappear from sight for the second time!
A medium-sized native tree, suitable for the average garden, it is probably too showy to fit into a woodland scheme and is best used as a specimen tree in easy sight at the back of a border or the centre of a lawn. It is thorny and attractive to nesting birds.
It can reach a height of about 6-8 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: Almost any soil, damp, poor, or dry.
- Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
- Colour: Red, double flowers in May
- Thorny, mature trees are good for nesting birds
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Paul's Scarlet
Very hardy. Almost any soil, damp, poor, or dry. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade is best for the flower display. Tolerant of pollution and sea winds. Like the rest of its family, it is pretty much disease and pest free; all that is needed is to protect it from rabbits and deer while relatively young.
Did You Know?
This sport of Crataegus Rosea Flore Pleno was found in 1858. Previously classified Crataegus coccinea or oxycantha Plena.
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 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 one of the best trees for exposed and windy sites. Hawthorns will grow on the coast, although they struggle on really thin, sandy soil with no organic matter in it. They don't mind growing in shade, but they will produce fewer flowers which is a pity with Paul's Scarlet...
Your tree will need a planting hole about 1 metre square and 30-40cms deep. Dig it out, removing all weeds, large stones, roots and other rubbish and mix in bucket of well rotted compost or manure. Bang the stake into the hole on the windward side of the tree, position the tree add Rootgrow and return the improved soil. Firm the soil without stamping and water really well. Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting. . You can also Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Tree Planting accessories:
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.