February 4, 2023
Crataegus laevigata 'Paul’s Scarlet'

Crataegus laevigata 'Paul’s Scarlet'

Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’, is also known as Midland Hawthorn ‘Paul’s Scarlet’, English Hawthorn ‘Paul’s Scarlet, May, Albespyne, Bird Eagles, Whitethorn, Quicksethorn, Woodland Hawthorn, Double Crimson Flowering Hawthorn, Mayflower, Crataegus levigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ or Crataegus oxyacantha ‘Paul’s Scarlet’. The name oxyacantha introduced by Linnaeus in 1753 is no longer used.

Crataegus laevigata 'Paul’s Scarlet'
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’

Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. It is native to Western and Central Europe. Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is deciduous. It is a thorny, large shrub or a small tree. It can grow to 8m or 26ft. It has sharp thorns on its branches. It is possible to distinguish from C monogyna. The leaves are more shallowly lobed than the C. monogyna variety. And the fruits have more than one seed.

Crataegus laevigata 'Paul’s Scarlet'
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’

Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is very hardy. It is easy to grow. It tolerates most conditions, even coastal, or polluted. The foliage is dark green. The leaves have forward-pointing shallow lobes. They are glossy. The leaves turn yellow and bronze in autumn.

It flowers in spring. Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ flowers are hermaphrodite. They appear as corymbs of six to twelve. Individual flowers are double. Flowers are scarlet-colored or dark pink. Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ produces fruit or haws in autumn.

Grow Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in any type of soil. Watch out for caterpillars, gall mites, and aphids, or fireblight. Prune them if they need to be shaped or for tidying up. Prune after the flowering season is over. Remove any damaged branches. When young protect Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ from rabbits.

Crataegus laevigata 'Paul’s Scarlet'
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ at Kensington Gardens, London, near The Albert Memorial.

Also read:
Crataegus monogyna, or the Common Hawthorn

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