Hawthorn Hedge Plants Description
Like the nicknames suggest, Hawthorn or 'May Flower' is thorny and it flowers in May. It heralds the arrival of spring, by bursting into leaf within a few days of the initial buds appearing, has an abundant and spectacular display of white scented blossom, and it develops glossy red haws in Autumn, which sustain our native birds (especially starlings, thrushes, blackbirds and redwings). Hawthorn supports more than 150 species of insect, a rich food source for birds such as wrens and blue tits.
Dense branches covered with sharp thorns provide a safe place to roost and nest. For more bird friendly hedging. See also our range of hedges with berries
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) leaves are 3,5 or 7 lobed, bright green tinged with red. It is quite fast growing (approx 45cm p.a.) so it needs to be trimmed after flowering or in the autumn. See all of our flowering hedge plants
Hawthorn is suitable for all soil types and all sites other than dense shade or very wet soils. We have a brilliant range of plants tolerant of exposed weather conditions. According to the Woodland Trust, Hawthorn is the second most advantageous plant for wildlife, beaten only by English oak and there are literally millions of miles of Hawthorn hedgerow in our countryside.
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
Hawthorn needs to be trimmed after flowering in the Summer and again in the Autumn.
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