Griselinia littoralis hedging plants. Also known as New Zealand Privet or New Zealand Broadleaf, Griselinia makes a great evergreen hedge plant that has become very popular in recent years and now ranks in our top ten best selling species and is also one of the most popular evergreen hedging plants. Griselinia has a naturally upright yet bushy growth habit that is perfectly suited as a hedge, with regular trimming Griselinia hedges can be kept comparatively narrow saving valuable space where it is at a premium.
Griselinia hedges have attractive glossy oval leaves of an almost unique apple-green colour, like many evergreens they are leathery, yet also soft at the same time. Griselinia shrubs produce clusters of insignificant greenish yellow flowers in spring but the main attraction of this hedging plant is the year round display of foliage that offers privacy as a hedge in all seasons.
These plants will grow in all soil types including clay and chalk although they do prefer to have reasonable drainage. Griselinia hedges are successful in aspects from full sun to partial shade. This is a very popular hedging plant in coastal area being unaffected by the buffeting winds and salt spray making it one of many hedging species we recommend for coastal planting. Griselinia littoralis hedging plants will also thrive on inland sites including windy and exposed areas although they aren’t suitable where it gets very cold further North – we would suggest choosing a species from our Windy and exposed sites page instead.
Griselinia littoralis hedging plants will fill out quickly when you start to trim them and are suitable for hedges from 1-5 metres in height. The plants have a moderate growth rate of around 30cm per year in reasonable soil – so a Griselinia hedge sits in a sweet spot where it will cover within a reasonable timescale while still being easy to maintain when full size is reached. This is a good species to choose if you need eye level privacy.
Hedges of this species are generally pest and disease free. Sometimes a late spring frost will blacken the emerging new shoots – but they will re grow within a few weeks and no long-term damage is done. In very cold winters some browning of the foliage can occur, but no more than most other hedging evergreens and new growth will emerge in the Spring.
The best time to trim a Griselinia hedge is in late spring before the new growth starts but after the danger of very hard frosts has passed. One trim per year will keep your Griselinia hedge in good order, if you trim more frequently it is possible to achieve a beautifully formal look. Overgrown Griselinia hedges and shrubs can be cut back hard at the same time of year and should regenerate quickly from the old wood, especially if a feed and mulch is applied at the same time to hasten the new growth.
All of our Griselinia littoralis hedging plants are pot grown and so are available all year round and can be relied on to give excellent results whenever you choose to plant them. We grow all our Griselinia here on our own nursery in Kent, they are always despatched fresh from our growing beds direct to your door assuring top quality and predictable future growth in your garden. (It is possible to buy Griselinia hedging plants as root ball plants, and even bare root hedging plants – if you do decide to go down this route we would suggest seeking a guarantee from the supplier you buy them from as they can give mixed results in our experience.)
We also grow Griselinia instant hedges, these have been grown in large troughs for a number of years under the watchful eye of our horticulturalist team here at the nursery with a disciplined regime of trimming to produce an instant hedging product that will give excellent landscape impact from the moment they are planted. All our instant hedges are grown in convenient 1 metre sections and like the potted hedging plants, are available all year round.
When planting your Griselinia littoralis hedging plants we recommend using bone meal thoroughly mixed into well prepared soil, adding rootgrow at planting time will speed up the establishment of your new hedge. If you need any help with planting guidelines you may like to consult our How To Plant A Hedge page where you can download a PDF of comprehensive and easy to follow guidance. We will also email a copy when you order and include a printed copy with your order so you have it handy when you come to plant.
The number of Griselinia plants needed for a new hedge depends on how patient you are, your budget and also the size of plant you choose to begin with. As a guide the smaller plants in 1 litre pots will need 4-5 per metre, 2 litre pots 3-5 per metre and the larger plants 2-3 per metre. You can see our recommended planting density next to each size. You can of course plant further apart using fewer plants and a smaller budget and still get excellent results over time, it just takes longer.
Griselinia hedges are usually planted in a single row although you could use a staggered double row planting for a particularly dense hedge that is a little wider.
We offer generous quantity discounts on our Griselinia plants meaning the more you buy the cheaper they are, and delivery is free on most orders over £50 (ex VAT).
If you have any questions about Griselinia littoralis hedging plants or any of our other hedge species please give our experienced sales team a call on 01580 765600, they will pleased to help and can also offer special tailored quotes for larger quantities of plants over £1000.