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Crataegus tanacetifolia

Crataegus tanacetifolia

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(Tansy-leaved Thorn) A slow growing species which originates from Asia Minor and Syria, Crataegus tanacetifolia is an almost thornless, mop-headed small tree with downy, silver-grey, dandelion-like leaves.

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A slow growing species which originates from Asia Minor and Syria, Crataegus tanacetifolia is an almost thornless, mop-headed small tree with downy, silver-grey, dandelion-like leaves. The leaves act as the perfect foil for its conspicuous creamy-white, lightly fragrant flowers in June.

These flowers are followed by yellow, suffused red, marble sized fruits which last long into winter. The fruit are edible, have a sweet apple-like flavour and can be used to make pies, preserves, etc.

Crataegus tanacetifolia is not for instant gratification but once established makes a  very handsome garden tree!


  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
  • Habit: Small, rounded tree once established.
    • Height: Eventually 5 m (16 ft) - 6 m (20 ft).
    • Spread: 6 m (20 ft).
  • Notes: Crataegus tanacetifolia is generally considered to be an easy to grow garden tree which does not really suffer from much in the way of pests or diseases.

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Eventual Size
Tree - Small (4m - 8m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Soil: Alkaline, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Dry/Sandy
Special Features
Wildlife Friendly - Bees, Foliage - Blue/Silver, Fruit - Ornamental, Rare and Unusual

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