Planting bare root Spindle 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 60-100cm 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.
Spindle (Euonymus europaeus) is a familiar deciduous native hedgerow shrub which grows particularly well on chalky soils. It produces an abundance of green leaves which are shiny and slightly waxy that will turn a rich orangey-red colour in the autumn before they fall off. After flowering in May/June, Spindle produces distinctive pink fruits that are said to resemble popcorn.
Spindle hedging can be attractive as a standalone feature but it is found commonly throughout the UK as part of a mixed species native hedge and will grow extremely well with other species such as Hawthorn, Field Maple, Beech, Blackthorn, 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.