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Hawthorn hedge plants description Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna is a popular native deciduous hedging plant also known as Quickthorn, May Blossom, May Thorn or May Flower. The clues are in the names - its 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) and 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.
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. Hawthorn is suitable for all soil types and all sites other than dense shade or very wet soils. 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.
Cell grown, pot grown and instant hedging plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to mid/late May, using cold stored plants towards the very end of the season (see our blog on cold storage).
Prices shown are the price per plant (other than the discounted packs). Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row. Planting density for pot grown plants is as shown below but you can vary this depending on your budget and level of patience. See also the Advice section on Planting Density on the right hand side of our website.
Mixed Native Hawthorn hedging See also the Hawthorn based bare root mixed native packs (Hawthorn mixed with Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Field Maple, Hazel and Wild Cherry) shown near the bottom of this listing and the pallet deals of Hawthorn based pot grown mixed native shown right at the bottom of this listing (Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hornbeam, Field Maple, Hazel and Dog Rose).
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