Planting bare root Hazel 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.
Hazel (Corylus avellana) is native to the UK and can be found growing extensively in woodlands as trees but will also be found in most countryside hedges. It can be coppiced back if grown as an individual tree and clipped hard as a hedge plant. With its autumnal bounty of Hazelnuts (sometimes known as Cobnuts), hazel is known to many as a very British tree. It will grow on many different soil types and is a good all rounder native hedge species when planted as part of a mixed species native hedge.
A pure Hazel 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, Hawthorn and Hornbeam. Native hedges such as this can be found across much of the UK.
These bare root Hazel hedge 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.