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).
Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea or Purple Japanese Barberry
This non-evergreen barberry makes a beautifully coloured purple-leaved hedge. Conspicuous by its pale yellow or orange tinted flowers in spring. Expect the flowers to turn into glossy red berries that are not recommended for human consumption. That doesn't mean to say finding a shed load of these in Iraq would be considered weapons of mass destruction, more along the lines of it might give you a mild stomach upset if eaten. During autumn these leaves transform to a brilliant red making your hedge really stand out. The spiny shoots will make anyone think twice about climbing or running through it.
Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea has a growth rate similar to performance ratings of UK politicians i.e. slow to average. Due to the low growth rate this hedging plant does not require a great deal of pruning although always cutting out dead or diseased branches is a good idea. Best to prune in Autumn or Winter.
Listed as hardiness zone 4, the Berberis Thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' should withstand temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade making it fully UK hardy, even in the coldest parts of Scotland, although the biggest threat to plant life there is alcoholic comedians going on the rampage with a golf club.
Those that know Berberis Thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' well would consider it a tough plant and easy to grow that offers a big chunk of Autumnal colour. A particularly useful hedging plant to have on coastal locations as it will tolerate close sea conditions. You can also plant it in chalky or acidic, exposed sites, full and partial sun. Considered to attract wild life, the sort you see on nature programs not welfare claiming, copper cable stealing documentaries.
Unlike our evergreen barberry (berberis darwinii), this barberry is not evergreen.
It is most suited to either a full sun or partially sunny position and can be planted in most soil types. Expect a final height and spread of around 1.5 -2m if left untrimmed and can be planted in dry and exposed sites.
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 Purple Barberry Hedging Hi Alan, Many thanks for your email, goods received and already planted. I'm new to gardening, so first purchase and first planting - so fingers crossed! Will definitely be using your website again, albeit I may need to call for some advice on what to buy. I realise I'm being very thick, though I cannot work out how to leave a testimonial on your website - I will understand just how thick I am as you tell me how easy it is as it's probably staring me in the face! Best, Gareth 0215
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