Irish wildflowers sitemap More: Trees

Crataegus monogyna
Sceach gheal
Family: Rosaceae

Flowering: April-June. Deciduous shrub or small tree. Native.

Clusters of 5-petalled white flowers, sometimes flushed pink.
Bunches of red berry-like fruit appear in late summer-autumn. Contain single stony carpel. Leaves are deeply 3-5 lobed, basal lobes acutely pointed. Spiny branches. Height: To 10m.

Common in hedgerows, fields and woodland. Dislikes very wet
or acidic soils. Native, also frequently planted.

Similar: C. laevigata x C. monogyna (C. x media)
Fertile, very variable hybrid. Branches usually drooping, more/less thornless. Fairly frequent in N Ireland.


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