Planting bare root Hawthorn hedging 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 80-100cm 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.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is also known as Quickthorn. Hawthorn will be found in almost every farm hedge in the UK being a native tree variety. With its sharp thorny branches and white fragrant flowers, it is a fine sight to see in May when flowering is prolific. It will produce red berries (Haws) in the autumn which are popular with birds. Hawthorn will grow on many different soil types and is a good all rounder deciduous native hedge species when planted as part of a mixed species native hedge.
A pure Hawthorn 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, Field Maple, 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.