Why Buy Our Volume Trees?
- Our volume trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in Scotland 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)
Large Order Discount
Orders over £1000 may have further discounts added by contacting us or calling 0800 043 1057
Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
A very fast-growing (1m of growth per year), large tree primarily of economic importance. Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is the most important commercial forestry tree in Britain. To give you an idea of why it is important you need to understand "Yield Class". This is a measure of the average cubic metres of wood per hectare you can expect. Sitka Spruce can provide 14 cubic metres of wood per hectare per year whereas Oak is as low as 4.
A native to North America, it thrives in a wide range of soil conditions, including extremely poor and exposed sites, hence its attraction. Expect a final height of around 50m but this is completely dependent on weather, local soil conditions, low flying helicopters, tree thieves and comet activity in your area.
Sitka Spruce As A Hedge
As an informal hedge, Sitka is well suited. By informal, we don't mean that it uses your first name at meetings, helps itself to the biscuits the first time it visits your house and chats your girlfriend up. An informal hedge means that some or all of the shape as Mother Nature intended has been preserved. So a very formal hedge would have straight lines measured by laser, think of Box hedging, whereas an informal hedge would be trees planted in a row and almost left to their own devices expect basic pruning.
By pruning the leader out of the Sitka Spruce trees, the plant would put its energies into side branches which would be needed if you were using it as hedging. Plant at roughly 1 metre spacings.
Deep, moist and well drained soils will give you optimum growing conditions with upland sites giving favourable results, this being the reason why North and West UK provide good growing conditions for Sitka Spruce.
Sites with less than 1000mm of rainfall per year should be avoided unless the soil is naturally moist.
Woodland Design Principles - The creation of a Pinetum or Conifer collection
Typically, Sitka spruce is mostly planted as a commercial foresty species, there is on reason why it should not be planted as an individual tree or as an avenue of trees. Estate and Policy Woodland plantings from the 18th Century often found this tree planted along with other North American conifer species. Today, 150 years later these trees form an amazing sight and we think that this tree worthy of planting to achieve the same effect for future generations.
Rabbit and Deer Protection
We offer a range of tree shelters that will protect your trees against possible attack. Click on this Tree Protection Link and it will take you to all of these products.
Benefits of using our plug plant trees
Our 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.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Sitka Spruce Trees
Trees were in perfect health on arrival, excellently packaged and promptly delivered - far better quality trees than any other firm I've used, the plug plants are amazingly good. Would highly recommend Tom S 0911
Dear sirs, it would appear the wood vine has a communication problem , i sent on the trees behalf a thank you and testimonial which appeared on your site, we the tree planting party can confirm this, Trev and 20 of his mates are planted but the other 10 refused , due to the heat and lack of moisture, they decided i had enough to do watering the twenty, ,water is heavy to carry to Trevs mates new home, so planting is suspended, rest assured they are safe and well in a makeshift nursery till the time is right for a repatreaction with Trev and his mates in the hinterland of sitka spruce. as for pics Trev assures me when his back is straight and he has had a good rain bath he would be only to happy to oblige. Trevs new custodian is considering a new species to live near Trev in the near future, depending on how Trevs ancient relatives yield to a different life style. thats the root and branch of it for now. B Clarke 0718 Editors note. When asking for a Sitka Spruce testimonial from our customers, we referred to them as Trev the tree.
HELLO TREES ARRIVED TODAY GOOD HEALTHY SPECIMENS ( LIKE I USED TO BE) THANK YOU 0618
Hi Alan, (Sitka Spruce) trees arrived in excellent condition and are all now in the ground and looking happy so far - keeping my fingers crossed that they will cope with the wind in Caithness ! Thanks for a great service, I will definitely be back to order more trees in the future. Thanks again.Kevin. 1212
Due to courier unpredictability, we advise having your trees delivered AT LEAST 3 days before you actually need them.
Returning Cell Grown Trees
For Phytosanitary reasons, some cell grown trees cannot be returned to the nursery. A list of plants affected is shown here or download the list here.
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 and these would be ok for up to 6 weeks. During Spring and Summer, you can do this for up to 3 weeks.
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
This is a task that can easily be over done. 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.
If you are one of those lucky people that lead an eco lifestyle (VERY jealous if you are) and want to buy trees to burn, then maybe our wood burning chart (excel spread sheet) will help you decide. Ash, Eucalyptus Gunnii and Willow are worth looking at for their growth rates and calorific values.
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.
Adding A Bit Of Colour And Attract Wildlife
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is very attractive, fragrant and attracts more wildlife to your garden. A bit on the vigorous side but worth the effort. A great addition to your project.
Broadleaf wood planting would be around 3m between each tree. Christmas tree planting for a commercial crop is around 1m.
Factors Detrimental To Cell Grown Trees
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.
UK Grown Volume Trees
All our volume trees are UK grown and as far as we know because we have never caught one booking a holiday overseas.