Common Name: Hawthorn
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Time to plant seeds: November to February
Flowering period: May to June
The thorny stems of hawthorn make it an ideal boundary hedge that will help keep unwelcome visitors out of the garden. This deciduous tree produces fragrant white flowers in late spring, followed by glossy dark red fruit. Trained as a hedge it will reach between 1.5 and 3m (5-10ft) in height. If grown as a formal hedge, it will need to be pruned twice a year, in summer and autumn. Grown as an informal hedge, the only pruning needed is the removal of the most vigorous shoots in winter.
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