Why Buy Our Hedging Trees?
- Our hedging trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in the North UK which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilzer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only).
Barberry (Berberis Thunbergii) Hedge Plants
Berberis Thunbergii is a good choice for security hedging (thorny spines) or hedging to provide food for the birds well into the winter and being deciduous (drops its strongly coloured leaves in Autumn) it makes it easier for the birds to find them, how considerate. Expect the green Spring and Summer leaves to turn a red/purple colour in the Autumn. All being well in the Universe, expect a flush of small yellow flowers mid to late Spring that will hang around for about a month, longer if you are very patient with a tube of super glue.
Expect them to grow to around 150cm tall and 150cm wide but if you have a pruning addiction and memory problem, they will probably never reach these dimensions and you will think we have sold you duff plants.
Barberry hedging plants will grow well in full sun and almost as well in partial shade and will perform well in most soils but for best results go for well drained and moist. Avoid extremes of alkaline or acidity though. Short bouts of drought will be ok.
Being fully UK hardy, they will tolerate frosts down to minus 20 degree centigrade and can be planted in exposed or sheltered locations.
To get the anti Mother In-law feature from our Barberry plants, you need to plant them as a Maze across your whole property and send the answer to everyone you know, except your partners Mother. When asked by your partner for a copy of the answer so she can send it to your Mother In-Law, we suggest feigning a heart attack, pretend you don't speak English or give her an amended copy that keeps her Mother walking in an eternal circle.
Potentially Brain Numbing Information About Our Barberry Hedging Plants
Also known as Japanese Barberry, Thunberg's Barberry, or Red Barberry
Originate from Japan and parts of Eastern Asia so if you have any UKIP voters on your street, expect them to stand outside your garden shouting "go home" at your hedges.
Benefits of using our plug plant trees
Purple-leaved barberry hedging trees are sold as plug plants, in other words the roots are encased in compost. This means that planting can be carried out at any time of the year, provided they are watered in periods of drought, compared to bare-root plants which can only be planted during the plants normal dormant period (November to March). All of these trees are UK grown, which is important for successful establishment.
How many purple-leaved barberry do I need?
We recommend planting 6 plants per metre using the double staggered hedge method or 3 for a single line of hedging.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Barberry Hedging
No one has replied to our begging emails asking for them to say wonderful things about the Barberry plants yet. While we are waiting though we can issue a completely biased and fictional review worthy of the Booker Prize. We think it would read something like:
"Trees Online never supplied me or my imaginary friends with Barberry (Berberis Thunbergii) hedging plants but if they did, we would expect them to be very Berberis with extra Thunbergii because those chaps at Trees Online are very generous. We would expect the plants to protect us from lost airline pilots trying to land on our drive as the bright red colours are very eye catching and easily distinguish our house from runways. We can recommend 100% that you give money to Trees Online because they will definitely accept it. Compared to Ebola, American politics and Mother In Laws, these plants will give you next to no problem at all"
Delaying Planting Cell Grown Trees
If you cannot plant straight away, take the trees out of the packaging and stand upright next to each other in a sheltered location outside. November to March, no need to water unless they start to dry out.
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
Second line of hedging or staggered row
We recommend planting the second line of trees 25cm or 10 inches away from the first if using the staggered hedging approach. Consider buying 10% more than you need and plant the spares elsewhere so you have immediate replacements for damaged or diseased trees.
For all hedging protection please view the Tree Extra section and if you are looking to plant lots of plug plant or cell grown trees (the 10-40cm-ish) size range then maybe you should consider our tree planting tool. Tree planting rates of over 700 per day achievable.
You would think that thorny plants would put rabbits off from eating them however this is not the case. They are happy to take the pain regardless of the cost (sounds like rabbits would be suited to marriage)
Hedge Growth Rates
For information on rates of growth please click "Hedge Growth Rates"
Using Bark or wood chip mulch for hedging trees
Mice like to use this as a nest/home/holiday retreat and they eat the bark (especially Beech). Periodically check for damage below the mulch or bark layer. Alternatively use gravel or plastic sheeting as a method of keeping weeds.
Adding Fragrance And Colour To Your Hedge.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is a very popular addition to any garden due to the strong fragrance, splash of colours and interest it generates from other wildlife. Click the link to find out more.
Coastal PlantingFactors Detrimental To Cell Grown/Young Hedging Trees
Trees suitable for coastal hedging include Aspen, Hawthorn, Holly, Juniper, Rowan, Whitebeam and Willows.
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over 1000 trees can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057