Planting bare root Field Maple hedge plants is an economic way to plant a native hedge without costing a fortune if you can spare the time for these plants to reach a greater height. These plants are all 60-100cm (2-3ft) tall and come bare rooted, that is to say that they are dug straight from the field and are sold without any soil around their roots. These plants should be planted as soon as possible after purchasing to avoid the roots drying out and damage occurring to the hedge plants.
Field Maple (Acer campestre) is an excellent deciduous native hedging plant and grows well on most soils. Field Maple (sometimes known as Hedge Maple) has been used for many centuries as a hedging plant and will be found in most farm hedges throughout the country. Its leaves turn a yellow colour in the autumn and can show red flushes.
A pure Field Maple hedge is relatively uncommon and it is mostly found as part of a mixed species native hedge and will grow extremely well with other species such as Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Spindle, Beech, Dog Rose, Hazel and Hornbeam. Native hedges such as this can be found across much of the UK.
These bare root native hedging plants should be planted 45cm apart in a single row or 60cm apart in a double row.
As these are bare root plants, we recommend using Rootgrow which helps the plants produce a secondary system of roots. It is also important if deer and rabbits are prolific in your planting area to use spiral tree guards to protect them.