Crataegus x lavallei ‘Carrierei’ – Hybrid Cockspur Thorn

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Crataegus x lavallei ‘Carrierei’ is an almost thornless Hawthorn, with beautiful smooth curvy stems. A deciduous small tree with a dense broad crown and especially when the canopy gets pruned they produce very striking umbrella shaped canopies. They tend to produce most of their thorns on the lower stems while being sparse in the canopy. We prune these lower thorns off and they don’t tend to grow back, but leave them in the canopy which adds to the dense appearance.

Crataegus x lavallei ‘Carrierei’ produces large white blossoms in May, like the other Hawthorns, and produces quite a spectacle. The scent can be quite strong on these, sometimes described as ‘pungent’ which some people may find unpleasant.  The glossy, dark green oval leaves contrast with the smooth grey stems of the trunk.  The big red haws (fruits) are formed at the end of summer and loved by birds.  The tree produces good autumn colour of reds and oranges, persisting longer than most.

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Flowers:  White flowers in late spring.

Fruit:  Produces bright red haws 2cm long, that stay on well into the winter.

Bark:  Smooth, silvery grey.

Leaves:  Deciduous, large glossy green, oval shape and finely serrated.

Autumn colours:  Bright red to orange.

Ultimate height:  7m

Uses:  A perfect tree for the smaller garden, or even larger gardens.  Great spring blossom.  Red haws in autumn and winter for the birds.  Stunning autumn colour.

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