Rootball Hedging

If you need fully matured hedge plants, buying rootballed hedging is the way to go. With root ball hedges, you can get larger, bushier hedging plants at great value, which can be planted right away for full and impressive hedges. 

We offer a wide range of root ball hedges at Hopes Grove Nurseries – explore the options below, and if you’d like more information on Rootball Hedging, just scroll to the bottom of the page. 

What is Rootball Hedging? 

Root ball hedges are larger and older hedge plants, grown outside at extra wide spacings for several years until they’re ready to be shipped. A specialist root balling machine is then used to cut a ball of earth around the root system, which is then wrapped in plastic or hessian. 

Larger plants struggle to survive being shipped bare root, so this is a clever way to protect the roots until the hedge can be transplanted. Root ball hedges are regularly trimmed and maintained by our team to keep them full and bushy, so they arrive ready to plant.

Further Information about Rootball Hedging

Our most popular Rootball hedging species

Common Box Root Ball Hedging

Root ball Box hedging (Buxus sempervirens)

Box hedging, or Buxus Sempervirens, is a dense and bushy evergreen hedging species that’s perfect for small hedges and edgings, and topiary possibilities are only limited by the gardener’s imagination! It’s a great addition to any formal garden.

Beech Root Ball Hedging

Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) Rootball hedge plants

Beech hedging is fast-growing and easy to maintain – it works well in any soil that isn’t waterlogged and retains its coppery leaves throughout winter for year-round privacy. We stock two varieties at Hopes Grove Nurseries: Green Beech and Purple Beech hedging plants.

Common Laurel (or Cherry Laurel) Root ball Hedging

Common Laurel or Cherry Laurel Rootball hedging plants

Common Laurel, otherwise called Cherry Laurel, is an evergreen hedging species perfect for reducing noise pollution. Adorned with pleasant flowers and berries if left untrimmed, it’s happiest in full sun or partial shade and is ideal for tall hedges, as it can grow up to 8m.

 Portuguese Laurel Rootball Hedging

Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia) Rootball hedging plants

Portuguese Laurel (or Laurel Portugal) hedging is a wonderfully versatile hedging species – it tolerates both sunny and shady conditions and, unlike other Laurel species, does well in chalky soils. It’s great for exposed sites and cold conditions.

Green Privet Root Ball Hedging

Green Privet Rootball hedging plants

Green Privet hedging, or Common Privet, is famously unfussy – it’s happy with most soil types, warm and cool climates, and tolerates both shady and sunny conditions. As we say in the trade, it’s hard to kill! Privet hedges are also good for privacy, as their leaves will stay on in milder climates.

Thuja Plicata Root Ball Hedging

Rootballed Thuja hedging plants

Thuja hedges, also known as Thuja plicata ‘Atrovirens’ or Western Red Cedar, are one of the few coniferous hedging species that regrow from old wood – they grow fast, and trimming once or twice a year is enough to create an impressive hedge.


English and Irish Yew Rootball Hedging

Rootball Yew hedging plants English Yew Irish Yew Taxus baccata

English Yew and Irish Yew are coniferous hedging species that can be cultivated to form tightly knitted hedges, making them perfect for creating privacy screens and shade in gardens, as well as preventing intruders. It’s a versatile hedging plant that works as well in a graveyard (where you’re likely to see a lot of them) to an ornamental garden.