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Midland Hawthorn

Crataegus laevigata

Also known as

Hawthorn, Midland Thorn, May, Draenen Wen, Albespyne, Bird Eagles, English Hawthorn, Quickset Thorn, Whitethorn, Smooth Hawthorn, Two-styled hawthorn, Pink hawthorn, Red may, Quick-set thorn

Photo by Milan Keršláger (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








50 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Midland Hawthorn

A close up of a green Crataegus laevigata leaf
A close up of some white Crataegus laevigata flowers and green leaves
A close up of a white flower on a Crataegus laevigata plant
Some green leaves on a Crataegus laevigata plant

Midland Hawthorn Overview

Crataegus laevigata is commonly known by the names Midland Hawthorn, English Hawthorn and Woodland Hawthorn, amongst others. It is a deciduous tree species from the Rosaceae family, originating from Europe. This small tree produces thorns, lobed leaves measuring up to 6cm long and creamy-white to pink-red flowers. Flowering in late spring is followed by red berry fruits in early autumn, these fruits each contain 2 seeds and are termed haws. Grow this hardy tree in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil.

Common problems with Midland Hawthorn

How to propagate Midland Hawthorn



By grafting of named clones.

Special features of Midland Hawthorn

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Other uses of Midland Hawthorn

Banks, hedging, specimen. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Native British Trees

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