Crataegus pinnatifida var. major at Bute Park

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major 0

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major
mid May 2016

Grid reference ST 17578 77411
Common name Large-leaved thorn
Common name Chinese hawthorn
Origin North China
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Status Wales Champion 2023
Tag 2721
Old tag 250
Planted 1990
Height 4M May 2016
Girth 41cm May 2016
Girth 45cm February 2023
Reference 439

This tree is in the northerly section of the Hawthorn group and near the main foot path. No thorns were seen on the tree.

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
19.0 25.0 4
19.0 24.0 5
18.5 19.5 4
18.5 23.0 4

Measurements were taken in late October 2017. Length measurement was for main body of the fruit and did not include the peduncle.

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major flower

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major flowers
mid May 2016

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major flower2

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major flowers
mid May 2016

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major leaf

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major leaves
late May 2016

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major foliage

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major foliage
late May 2016

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major fruit

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major fruit
early August 2016

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major fruit2

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major fruit
late August 2016

General tree description

Crataegus pinnatifida var. major is a small tree with a dense canopy, growing up to about 10 metres. It has scaly bark tinted orange/yellow, sometimes brown and square-cracked. The leaves are very large (up to 15cm) and deeply-lobed, with unusually long petioles. In early summer there are white showy flowers, followed in autumn by large (nearly 2.5cm across) deep red berries dimpled at the tip and containing three or four pips. This tree has few thorns.