Traditionally Topiary Balls are grown from Box plants (Buxus Sempervirens) which gives them a neat and formal appearance. However, this particular topiary ball is Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) which is an unusual hedging plant for topiary but lends itself well to the large super-sized topiary, adding an impressive dimension and unique character to larger planting schemes and gardens.
This stunning specimen is a staggering 1.6m in diameter making it one of the largest topiary balls available on the market today. Expertly grown, nurtured and clipped over several years, this super-sized (300kg) gargantuan rootballed plant will need special handling and a deserving space, but once in situ will be a garden feature to rival all others!
Hornbeam is a popular hedging plant with similar characteristics to Beech. Its leaves differ only in that they are slightly darker green with deeper veins and serrated edges. Hornbeam like Beech also changes appearance with the seasons; the migration from summer to autumn and winter sees the leaves take on their autumnul hue with lovely warm copper and russet tones emerging as the leaves turn. Although classed as deciduous, Hornebam does retain some of its leaf cover until the new growth pushes through in the spring so will never be completely bare.
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for further information on this species.
Maintaining and Caring for your Topiary
To keep a good shape and tight growth, topiary needs all-round and all-over light so it is incompatible with shade, although potted specimens can be rotated. Clipping should be done when the opportunity, inspiration, enthusiasm and weather all combine to make it possible - in late summer, so that there is the longest period of time (until May or June the following year) to enjoy the tightly clipped shapes. Some enthusiasts clip in early summer too but never clip too early in the year - you must make sure there is no possibility of night frosts. Always use very sharp tools and we recommend that plants are watered first before clipping which helps the cut leaves to heal quickly.
All our topiary is hardy and suitable to withstand all that our weather can throw at us but given the expense of each piece, it is our recommendation that you take particular care to protect topiary - just simple precautions like gently brushing snow off, using pointed rather than flat topped shapes where long periods of snow are normal, providing ventilated shelter from severe winds and ensuring that specimens are well watered in summer and sheltered from very strong sunshine which can burn as much as winter winds.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Boxes (Bare roots and pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£4.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Pallets (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60.00 delivery charge (orders up to £200 incl VAT)||Orders of £200 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)Delivery Time
- Please note that due to high demand, delivery times are currently 7-14 days. (Some trees will be 7-14 days delivery as standard - see product pages for delivery info). We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible but can now deliver new orders within this timescale.It's Convenient
- no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time)It's Tried & Tested
- we use only couriers who have shown consistency in their efficiency & care
* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after
any discounts have been applied.
Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee
Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page
for full details.