Crataegus laevigata is a species of Hawthorn from the Rosaceae family of plants. They also call it Midland Hawthorn, English Hawthorn, Woodland Hawthorn, or Mayflower. It is native to Western, Central Europe, and North Africa.
Crataegus laevigata is a large, thorny shrub or a small tree. It grows to about 26ft or 8m tall. The foliage is dark green, with three lobes on each side. The white flowers grow as corymbs of up to 12 and each flower has five petals. They are hermaphrodites and pollinated by insects. Crataegus laevigata flowers profusely in spring. After flowering, it produces pome-like fruit called Haw. The fruit is deep red in color and it is edible.
Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), the Swedish botanist, originally named it Crataegus oxyacantha. This name was used for both common and Midland Hawthorns. Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin (1727-1817), the Dutch botanist, separated the species and named the Common Hawthorn as Crataegus monogyna. Jean Louis Marie Poiret (1755-1834) the French botanist, in 1798, named this plant Mespilus laevigata as a separate species, later Jean Irene Byatt changed the name using laevigata with Crataegus genus name.
How to grow Crataegus laevigata:
Grow Crataegus laevigata in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Watch out for rust, leaf spot, powdery mildew, fire blight, borers, lace bugs, leafminers, caterpillars, and scale.