How to Grow Cockspur Hawthorn


Cockspur Hawthorn is a perennial tree or shrub. It is an erect plant with green foliage, white flowers and red berries. It can grow to a maximum of 30 feet high and is most active in the spring and summer. The leaves are glossy and turn orange before falling off. Cockspur hawthorn also has thorns which are long, stiff and very sharp. For that reason, it's good to place the shrub in an area where children and pets won't get to it.

Step 1

Buy cockspur hawthorn from a nursery, plant dealer or wholesaler. Choose a planting location that is in sun to partial shade.

Step 2

Know that the bush does well in fine, coarse and medium soil types. Use a pH testing kit to determine if the soil is between 6.1 and 7.8 pH.

Step 3

Adjust your soil's pH and make it more alkaline by adding 4 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard (sandy soil) to increase 1.0 point. If you have loamy soil, add 8 ounces per square yard and if you have clay soil, add 12 ounces. To make sandy soil more acidic, mix in 1.2 ounces of ground rock sulfur per square yard. For all other soils, add 3.6 ounces per square yard.

Step 4

Dig a hole that is at least 24 inches deep to allow for the root ball. If planting more than one shrub, space them 20 to 30 feet apart.

Step 5

Water once it's planted. Besides that, if you live in an area with a normal amount of rainfall, there should be enough moisture for the plant. It has a high tolerance to drought and only requires between 24 and 60 inches of water per year.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't eat the seeds--they are poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant
  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • pH test kit
  • Hydrated lime
  • Ground rock sulfur
  • Water


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Who Can Help

  • pH Test for Soil
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