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Norway Maple, Acer platanoides, are not really hedging plants. They are much better grown as a tree in woodlands or as a specimen. Like this, they will become quite large and round-headed, with a lovely warm yellow autumn display. It produces yellow-green flowers in April, just before the leaves break, which are pollinated by bees. The large, glossy green summer foliage colours beautifully in autumn. This large tree is usually grown as a specimen in parks and big gardens. It will reach 25 metres if it grows freely as a tree, spreading up to 20 metres wide in time. The plants on this page are young saplings, ideal for planting in woodland projects. You can also buy larger Norway Maple trees here. For hedging, native Field maple is cheaper and better. See our full range of hedging options.
Norway Maple plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-Apr).
History & uses of Acer platanoides:
This tree has been naturalised in Britain for a very long time. Its native range is all over Europe.
Growing Norway Maple plants:
Norway Maple will grow well in any soil with average drainage, apart from very poor, dry soil. It will grow on both acidic and chalky sites. It is quite shade tolerant and suitable for exposed, cold locations or inner city planting.
It is not suitable for planting on the coast.
Prepare your site before planting:
Native hedge plants like Norway Maple are very tough. The only essential preparation is to kill the weeds in a strip a metre wide along the planting site: improving the soil should not be necessary. If your soil is exceptionally poor and dry, then digging in some well rotted manure and/or compost is worthwhile.
Watch our video on how to plant a country hedge for full details. The instruction to cut the plants in half after planting only applies to thorny native hedging and plants in the conservation hedge mix: this isn't necessary for Norway Maple.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Hedge Planting Accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Roundup weed killer.
You can buy a hedge planting pack with sheets of mulch fabric and pegs to hold it down.
If you are planting in an area with rabbit and/or deer, you will need to use a plastic spiral guard for each plant, supported by a bamboo cane.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £6.50 + 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.
We will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
*Surcharges to the Highlands and Islands still apply.
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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