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).
Shining Gum (Eucalyptus Nitens)
Eucalyptus Shining Gum is an evergreen, straight trunked, fast growing tree (up to 2m per year) which can grow to 60m, sometimes 90m in ideal conditions. Canopy is usually restricted to the top third of the tree. Plant in well drained sites however it will tolerate clay, chalk and acid soils. Even though our research has said it will survive many frosts down to minus 11 degrees centigrade, our suppliers say better to plant in sheltered positions. Therefore Shining Gum Eucalyptus is not covered by our free tree warranty for frost damage.
One unique feature to Shining Gum Eucalyptus is that the young growth has square stems to it. Now we know some of you will want to check this with an engineering set square accurate to within a squillionth of knats moustache hair so in the interests of preventing irate potential customers contacting us about the accuracy of our website, we shall say "it APPEARS square to NORMAL, AVERAGE human beings".
It is native to Victoria and New South Wales Australia found in wet and cool forests. The bark is grey to grey/brown usually but can also be white to yellow in places and the bark sheds is long ribbons or strings. Some countries use it for furniture building, as the timber discolorations can be a striking feature. Eucalyptus oil extracted from the leaves has antiseptic properties so if you are prone to cuts and grazes and thinking of building your own furniture then start growing Eucalyptus Nitens.
The leaves also have a pungent aroma to them when crushed. We were not sure in the office if you could have "pungent good" or "pungent bad" so technically we are just telling you that we found out the leaf aroma is pungent!
Apparently the tree diameter can reach 1.8 metres in ideal conditions so probably not a container/patio tree or for 6ft wide gardens. The tree can be hard pruned without any major effects other than less of a tree obviously.
As with most Eucalyptus it has an exceptional growth rate and is a good choice for bio-fuel production. If you are one of those "Norman" types (bless ‘em) then you will want to know that timber production rates can achieve 30-35 cubic metres per hectare per year however this is under ideal conditions. 20-25 cubic metres per year is more likely however 50 cubic metres have been achieved on elevations in the 400-800 metre range in Europe. Many commercial plantations use it for paper/pulp production.
For best short term results try not to disturb Shining Gum tree roots too much when planting. As our plug plants come with their rootball intact, this should be much easier for you to achieve. It is better to plant Shining Gum trees when they are very young e.g. before they are more than a few years old as the success rate is higher.
Benefits of using our plug plant trees
Our Shining Gum Eucalyptus 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 North UK grown, which is important for successful establishment.
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