A spectacular small tree, ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ produces masses of deep scarlet-pink double flowers in May. The foliage is deeply lobed and dark green with a slight gloss and turns to yellow and bronze in the autumn. Small red haws are also present in the autumn. This extremely hardy, ornamental tree will grow in almost any conditions including: coastal, exposed, polluted and damp sites. A very good small tree for wildlife that is extremely popular, growing to 5 x 4 meters in 20 years. A lovely tree to grow in a large pot, suited to a patio or courtyard. Remember, if you grow a tree in a pot choose a large square pot - this will never get blown away in a storm.
Crataegus Paul Scarlet is wonderful in combination with white lilacs, laburnums or planted in a group of 3 and then under planted with evergreen azaleas.
Why do so Many People Plants Trees too Deep!
Over the years I have seen so many trees die because people plant them too deep. Why, oh why do people do this?
How to get it right:
Dig a huge hole about 4ft deep and 4ft wide. Back fill this hole with soil, John Innes multi-purpose compost, slow-release fertilizer and Seamungus, making sure everything is well soaked - your soil should be nice and muddy now.
Now for the important part: plant your tree only to the depth it was in its pot, not any deeper.
So what was the big hole for I hear you say?
Well, you do want your tree to flourish and now it will! It has a lovely soft bed under it so now the roots will be able to work their way through the soft ground, and you will find the growth of the tree will be very vigorous and healthy! It's common sense when it's explained, isn't it?
Position your stake to the windward side so that your the wind hits the stake first not the tree - this will prevent any damage being caused by the tree being pushed against the stake. Use a soft tree tie to hold tree and stake together. Slip on a rabbit guard if you think rabbits may come invited for 'dinner', and finally, mulch with a mulch of your choice or use a tree mat. Happy planting!