The Q&A Archives: Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn

Question: My husband and I were thinking about planting eleanor tabor indian hawthorn in front of our house as a hedge. We have a six month old and wanted to make sure the berries on the plant were not poisonous. Also, any tips on how to plant them, how far apart,etc.? How fast do they grow? Are they a good plant for a hedge? Thank you. Kristen and Joe

Answer: Eleanor Tabor Hawthorn is an excellent choice for a low hedge and is known as the performance queen of Indian Hawthorns. Leaf spot diseases are no problem for her and neither is winter, for disease resistance and cold hardiness are her strengths. Performs well as a low informal hedge or accent plant for the foundation or mixed borders. Although it tolerates some shade, grow in full sun for heaviest bloom. Eleanor Tabor is an evergreen shrub with moderate growth to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. For a hedge, plant on 3' centers and it will fill in beautifully. Berries from hawthorns are not considered poisonous but they are not considered edible, either. Just to keep your child safe, I'd suggest pruning off the berries that are in reach of your child until he/she understands that not everything in the garden is safe to taste. Best wishes with your new hedge!

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