Broad-leaved cockspur thorn

Crataegus x prunifolia | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A seasonally interesting tree, but not one to push the boundaries

Crataegus x prunifolia is a great deciduous tree that is ideal for gardens due to its good autumn colouring. Also called broad-leaved cockspur thorn, C. prunifolia is covered in small white flowers during the spring, and these develop into bright berries in the autumn. Often used in small gardens and parks, broad-leaved cockspur thorn is best suited to a sunny area of the garden with good dranage. It will however tolerate poor soil conditions and grow in partial shade. In addition, it’s resistant to strong wind and dry soil, making it ideal for exposed locations. Broad-leaved cockspur thorn is also extremely spiny, making it ideal for boundary planting.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating seeds, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 7 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 4 - 5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-7
Heat zone
  • H7-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -12
Heat days
  • 45 - 90
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Long season of interest
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer