Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC. - Midland Hawthorn - Rosaceae
Crataegus laevigata
© Graham Day
Crataegus laevigata
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Slightly earlier-flowering than the common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), less thorny and often with drooping branches. The flowers have two styles and the fruit has two stones. (C. monogyna has one style and one stone.)

Much rarer than the common C. monogyna, occurring at a few sites, mainly in hedgerows and undoubtedly mainly a planted tree and not native to Northern Ireland.

The hybrid with C. monogyna is much commoner.

All names: Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.; Crataegus oxyacanthoides Thuill.; Crataegus oxyacantha auct.