Crataegus monogyna ‘Biflora’ (Glastonbury) Crataegus

Crataegus

Description: Biflora, also known as the Glastonbury Thorn, is a medium sized shrub or small tree produces leaves earlier than normal and occasionally an early crop of white flowers in winter, but these are smaller than those that flower in spring, produces dark red fruits.

History: Legend has it that this tree is linked to Saint Joseph of Arimathea, who when reaching Glastonbury in the 1st Century AD to be the first to introduce Christianity, struck his holy staff of hawthorn into the ground and it miraculously sprouted. Since the 17th Century, when James Montague, the Bishop of Bath & Wells sent a budded branch of a Glastonbury Thorn to Queen Anne, King James I’s consort, a spray of flowers from a Glastonbury Thorn has been sent to the reigning Queen every Christmas.

Crataegus Growing Tips: Will tolerate a wide range of soils as long as they are well-drained, urban pollution and coastal conditions. Extremley hardy and ideal for the smaller garden. Prefer full sun or partial shade. 

Height (after 10 years): 6m

Attributes

  • Flowering month: January
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Replacement prune
  • Open space planting
  • Wet tolerant

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