Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' at Bute Park

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Crataegus laevigata 'Plena'
mid May 2016

Grid reference ST 17587 77401
Common name Midland hawthorn 'Plena'
Alternative name Crataegus alba 'Flore Pleno'
Origin North West & Central Europe
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2023
Tag 2720
Old tag 148
Height 7M May 2016
Girth 146cm May 2016
Girth 146cm February 2023
Reference 435

This tree is located towards the north of the Hawthorn group. The fruits on this tree were sparse in 2016. No thorns were seen on the tree.

In April 2022 the tree was seen to have had a major limb torn off and appeared rotten.

The following table gives the approximate physical measurements of examined haws together with the number of pips found within them.

Diameter mm Length mm No. of pips
10.5 8
9.8 7
10.4 8
8 7
9 7

Measurements were taken in late October 2020. Length measurement was for main body of the fruit and did not include the peduncle. From the samples taken the number of pips could not be determined as the interior of the fruit had little or no structure.

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' bark

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' bark
mid May 2016

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' leaf

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' leaves
mid May 2016

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' flower

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' flowers
mid May 2016

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' fruit

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' fruit
late August 2016

General tree description

Crataegus laevigata 'Plena' is a variety of the Midland hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, or possibly a hybrid of that and the Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna. It is a small, rounded tree reaching a height of around 8 metres. The leaves are shallowly-lobed, up to 5cm long and they turn yellow-red in autumn. Masses of double white flowers appear in late spring and early summer, followed by red berries in autumn.