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).
Box hedging (Buxus Sempervirens)
Box hedging (Buxus Sempervirens) is a frequently planted, native, attractive evergreen small hedge. It is particularly well-suited to shady positions and therefore used to create low formal hedges along pathways etc. Other useful locations to plant Box hedging are banks and slopes, patio and container growing, garden edging and Mediterranean climates.
Final height can be around 9m with a similar spread but box hedging is commonly kept around 1m or less. Suitable for dry locations e.g. alcoholics anonymous reunion party.
It has very dense, leathery small leaves which make it particularly suitable for topiary and the scent is also an added bonus. The small pale yellow flowers make an appearance after Winter and turn into pale green/brown fruits.
Considered to be fully UK hardy which does not mean it has a friend called Laurel but that it will withstand temperatures to at least as low as minus 28 degrees centigrade.
Planting Box hedging (Buxus Sempervirens)
Plant in sheltered partial or full shade spots for best results as could be scorched by sun and strong winds but then when you look at the ornamental gardens a lot of their Box hedging seems to be in full sun positions so you decide! Box is suitable for most soil types and situations, excepting wet or windy sites. By wet we mean standing water and windy we mean very high winds for a sustained period of time e.g. in a window box on the Mountain Rescue hut on Ben Nevis. For best results plant in well drained soil that is acid, alkaline or neutral PH which can be clay, chalk, sand or loam (loam is considered "normal soil" made up of clay, sand/silt and organic matter). Box hedging will tolerate poor quality soils.
Box Hedging (Buxus Sempervirens) Maintenance
Being somewhat slow growing, little maintenance is required. Box will gain approximately 15cm (6in) of growth per year. We suggest it is pruned in late Spring.
Box hedging (Buxus Sempervirens) General Information
Considered poisonous to animals, particularly cattle and if you want to add it to a salad for some strange reason then expect a stomach upset.
Used since Roman times or before as it was found at an archaeological dig site in Winterton, Lincolnshire preserved in a saturated waste pit.
Cylinddrocladium blight is a fungal disease that can appear after a lot of water has been around for a while and so drier areas of the UK are not prone to it. It affects the foliage and will not kill the plant. The smaller version of Box hedging, Buxus Sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' is more prone to this disease as the foliage is tighter and closer spaced therefore taking longer to dry out.
Box Hill in Surrey is so named because of the amount of Box trees growing there.
Also known as Abassian Boxwood, European Box and Bobby Basic Box hedging but the latter is only really recognised in our office as we made it up.
Click the link for information on common Box tree pests and diseases.
How many Box hedging trees do I need?
We recommend planting 6 plants per metre using the double staggered hedge method other wise 3 plants per metre for a single row will be fine. You can choose different planting distances if you wish, these are only suggested guidelines for planting Box hedging plants. The more you
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