These Field Maple hedging trees are a great way to plant a native hedge at a good height if you cant wait to plant bare root plants in the winter and wait for them to grow to size. These plants are all 4-5ft (120-150cm) in height and are growing in 7.5lt pots. Being pot grown, these plants are much more of a premium product than bare root plants and will establish much quicker and better in the garden due to their roots having developed better. If they are being planted in the drier months of the year it is important to water well in their first year to ensure good establishment. This is best done using leaky hose which is cheap, easy to use and highly efficient.
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 hedging trees should be planted 45cm apart in a single row (as shown in the photograph) or 60cm apart in a double row.