Deciduous tree with small green leaves, prickly branches and profuse blossom from white (in common hawthorn : crataegus monogyna) through pink to deep red (in the hybrids : cratagaegus lavigata - especially Paul's Scarlet), followed by orange/red berries.
STYLE : Suitable for most styles except formal upright or broom.
WARNING : Spray to prevent mildew. Also spray with fungicide at bud break to prevent peach leaf curl. Picture courtesy of Green Dragon Bonsai.
REPOT : Annually in early spring or early autumn. Larger/older specimens need less frequent re-potting.
SOIL : Free draining soil : 40:60 grit:organic.
PRUNE : Branch prune after flowering.
PINCH : Princh out shoots to two or three leaves in spring.
WATER : Water well in growing season, sparingly in winter. Benefits from foliar spraying with water.
FEED : Two weekly balanced feed during growing season, low nitrogen in autumn.
WARNING : Spray to prevent mildew. Also spray with fungicide at bud break to prevent peach leaf curl.