Crataegus monogyna ‘Ferox’

  • Other common names hawthorn ‘Ferox’
  • Family Rosaceae
  • Genus Crataegus are deciduous trees and shrubs, usually with spiny branches, lobed or toothed leaves, and clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by red or black fruits. Some have fine autumn colour
  • Details ‘Ferox’ is a large shrub or small tree, up to 8m high, with lobed leaves and creamy-white scented flowers in late spring or early summer, followed by red fruits in autumn. It differs from the species in having clusters of thorns at the stem nodes; vigorous juvenile shoots, particularly after hard pruning, can appear like lengths of barbed wire


How to grow

Cultivation Grow in full sun or partial shade in well-drained, moisture-retentive soil. Once established, will tolerate drought and excessively moist soils; will also tolerate atmospheric pollution, exposure, and limey soils

Propagation Propagate by grafting, using scion wood of the previous season’s growth, onto rootstocks of Crataegus laevigata or C. monogyna

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests May be affected by aphids, woolly aphid, scale insects, mussel scale, fruit tree red spider mite, and caterpillars of winter moth, magpie moth, leopard moth, vapourer moth, grey dagger moth, small ermine moth, lackey moth, hawthorn webber moth and hawthorn button top midge

Diseases May be affected by honey fungus, a canker, crown gall, fireblight, powdery mildews, silver leaf, and various spots, blotches or scorched leaves caused by fungi