Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Double-flowered Midland hawthorn

I found this unusual double-flowered cultivar of Midland hawthorn Crataegus laevigata 'plena alba' in a hedgerow in Durham city a few days ago.

Midland hawthorn isn't very common in Durham and this double-flowered version is rarer still - this is the first time I've seen it.

This is common hawthorn Crataegus monogyna, which is the prevalent hawthorn species in hedgerows in the North East. Can't honestly saw that double-flowered hawthorn is an improvement on the wild type.


  1. Hi Phil,

    Really interesting post. I've never come across this before. I think the single flower is more attractive with the pink stamens.



  2. Hi Steve, there are two of them in the hedge beside the footpath opposite the new building on the entrance road to the science site. I must have walked past them hundreds of times without noticing! Cheers, Phil