Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) instant hedge which is also know as thorn, quick thorn or May, is a British native plant. It has been used for many years as a field boundary hedge sometimes with other species interplanted. It is a thorny plant with rigid thorns on the stems making it a great plant for planting where security is needed. This hedge can be either trimmed regularly to make it thicken up or it can also be ‘laid’ using the traditional hedging techniques to make a really dense and secure hedge. With regular trimming it can make a very attractive garden hedge but with the regular trimming you will lose some of the flowers and fruit.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) instant hedge is very adaptable and will tolerate very dry or moist soil as well as the extremes of coastal exposure or the pollution of industrial and built up areas.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) instant hedge can be covered with white fragrant flowers in May and if not trimmed these are followed by red ‘Haws’ in the autumn which give the plant its common name. These Haws are a much needed food for birds during the late autumn and winter.
|ASPECT||Coast Exposed||Coast Sheltered||Inland Exposed||Inland Sheltered||Heavy Shade|
|HEIGHT||Less then 1m||1-2.5m||2.5-5m||Over 5m|
|SOIL||Heavy Clay||Medium Loam||Light Sandy||Peat||Acid||Alkaline||Poorly Drained|
|HARDINESS||Hardy to -10°C||Hardy to below -10°C||GROWTH RATE||40-60cm+ per year|