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Sometimes called quickthorn this is for those of you who want a hedge in a hurry and also want a pretty and impenetrable barrier; the hawthorn hedge is eminently practical. It will grow absolutely anywhere (bar pure sand or complete marsh neither of which will probably exist in your garden) and so is fool-proof. Unlike most hedges it is blessed with three seasons of interest: spring boasts a froth of the simple, white slightly scented flowers that stand out against the blackness of the wood and are known as the may after which you can finally cast your clout. Summer is a mass of dark green lobed leaves and then autumn sees astonishingly red haws proliferate. Even in winter the spiny silhouettes of the black wood look spectacular on a frosty day.
Using Hawthorn Hedging
Hawthorn's charm is its informality and its virtue is its resilience. Once established you will have a thick, wiry hedge that no intruder would dare to breach and a thing of beauty for several months of the year. It was probably a hawthorn hedge through which the handsome prince had to hack his way to reach Sleeping Beauty! Those of a less romantic nature won't like its thorns so plant it away from paths and thoroughfares in the garden. Best suited as a perimeter hedge it will act as a five star hotel for a huge range of wildlife. If a pure hawthorn hedge is a bit puritan fro your taste, then have a look at our mixed Conservation Hedging pack which is a mixture of hawthorn and five other species. They do not compromise on hardiness and include Britain's most beautiful wild shrub the Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus). Hawthorn can also be grown as a specimen where you need a tree to withstand particularly exposed, windy or coastal conditions. It often takes on sculptural and gnarled shapes that can look fantastic in winter.
- Sold as Bareroot whips and older plants ranging in size from 40-120 cm
- Final hedge height: 1 - 6m
- Soil: Hawthorn grows in just about any soil
- Use: Stockproof, vandal proof, informal and farm hedging
- Single Row: plant at 3 per metre. Watch our video on how to plant a country hedge if this is new to you.
- Double row: plant at 5 per metre in a zig zag
- Colour: mid green leaves with white flowers and red haws
- Very tough, disease resistant and thorny
Hawthorn - the Ritz for wildlife
Over 150 insects will call your hawthorn hedge home, from the bumble bee and earwig to the hawthorn shield bug, all of which provide valuable food for blue tits, wrens and garden spiders. Greenfinches, chaffinches, yellowhammers, fieldfares and many more birds feast on the haws in the autumn and many, like the wren and blackbird, will nest there too. Hawthorn hedges provide valuable habitat for slow worms, lacewings, toads and ladybirds. Anyone with a budding naturalist in the family should have a hawthorn hedge, if only for the extraordinary range of fauna that it supports.
Hawthorn is a true native plant and because it is so widespread it has a plethora of local names - Haw, Hawthorne, Quickthorn, Whitethorn, Maythorn, Mayblossom, May. In country hedge terms, "thorn" usually refers to Hawthorn.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.
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