Tree & Hedge Company


Crataegus monogyna

A traditional, native, British countryside hedge historically used in farming. An adaptable, hardy, undemanding, fast-growing hedge tolerant of demanding locations.

Soil types
Likes dry to moist, well drained, chalk, clay sandy and loamy soils
Likes full sun to partial shade
Annual growth rate
Annual growth fast 30-40cm
Strengths include tolerance of extreme frost, wind, heat and drought
Rural hedge, Security hedge, Ornamental hedge
Deep and wide spreading, very hard roots
Coastal planting tolerance
Suitable for coastal planting
Formal hedge pruning
Prune during the growing season and again in the Autumn
Suitable for livestock or horse enclosures

Known for their impenetrable spiny thorns, hawthorn hedges preference is calcareous, deep, rich soils but will tolerate all nutritious well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to alkaline. Hawthorn have an extreme frost tolerance and cope with strong wind exposure and heat and drought. They are however sensitive to salt. Hawthorn hedges are wildlife havens, providing home, food and protection for many birds, animals and insects.

Deciduous deeply cut dark green leaves with up to 4 lobes on each side appear in April and are followed by clusters of pleasant scented white flowers in May. Plentiful, edible tasteless red berry fruits known as haws appear in September and remain well after leaf drop. Hawthorn autumn leaf colour is yellow.

Hawthorn thrives in any well-drained soil and withstands both exposed inland and coastal sites, whether in full sun or partial shade.