Crateagus prunifolia (= C. persimilis)
Habit: Large shrub or small tree, 6-7 m tall and wide, stiffly upright, densely branches, moderate growth, 20-25 cm a year.
Flowers: Plentiful, white umbels, May to June.
Fruits: Round, attractive, scarlet, many fruits every year from September.
Leaves: Broadly elliptical, shiny dark green; yellow-red to red from September, brilliant autumn colours.
Roots: Few fine roots, deep roots, not sensitive.
Demands: Adaptable and not demanding, sun to light shade, tolerant of heat, frost hardy; resistant to industrial and urban pollution, tolerates wind.
Soil: Moderately dry to fresh, neutral to very alkaline, on all well drained substrates.
Hardiness: Zone 5a
Also see chapter on topiary plants