Found amongst many of our hedgerows is one of the best species for hedging – the Hawthorn (Crataegus). It is a fantastic deterrent for intruders, due to its thorny growth, and is a native plant to the UK and other countries around Europe.
It flowers in May, covering the whole hedge in gorgeous, delicate white flowers; it is also known as the May-Tree because of this. It is the only plant in Britain to be named after the month it flowers. Interestingly, the plant itself is a hermaphrodite, meaning it has both male and female reproductive parts within its flowers. It does produce berries, known as ‘haws’, which are packed full of antioxidants and are red in colour. These appear once the flowers have been pollinated, and help to feed wildlife including insects and birds.
The Hawthorn can reach up to a staggering height of 49 feet. They can, however, grow via a single stem and into a tree. It’s also a deciduous species, so their leaves will turn to yellow and drop come autumn time. Their leaves grow to about six centimetres and have pointed lobes to help give them their prickly nature. They’re a sturdy plant that can withstand any soil and situation, and therefore make it ideal for stock-proof hedging. It’s best to trim it in the autumn to keep it at the desired size you want.
Take a look at our range of Hawthorn plants below. Should you have any questions or require any advice before making a purchase then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialist team members on 01580 765600, or take a look at our contact page.
Bare Root Hedging
These are field grown plants, lifted during the dormant season (normally November-April) and delivered ready for planting without any soil on the roots. The most cost-effective way to plant a new hedge.
Quickthorn (hawthorn) Bare Root Hedging 16/24in 40/60cm