Crataegus : Hawthorn
Hawthorns have pretty spring flowers but are armed to the teeth with thorns.
Pruning requires gritting one’s teeth, gauntlet gloves and eye protection. There are lots of small trees that are pretty that don’t have thorns though so why not choose one of those those instead like Acer’s or Prunus.
We haven’t used Hawthorn in any of our small garden designs – but we do use lots of other plants that are much better (we think).
Why don’t you take a look
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