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Hawthorn Hedging

Hawthorn Hedging

If looking for a secure screen, with structure, which will establish quickly, with seasonal and ecological interest then read on to consider Hawthorn Hedging.

Hawthorn, also known as Quickthorn, or the May-Tree due to when it blooms, is a popular native deciduous hedging plant that has been used for centuries, so comes highly recommended. Hawthorn can be used on its own, although is great within a Native Mixed Hedge Pack with Blackthorn, Dogrose and Field Maple under our Mixed Packs.

It is identified by it's serrated green leaves. Hawthorn is found in Woodland, Scrub and Hedgerows, growing in most soils, but flowers and fruits best in full sun. If left to grow as a tree, Hawthorn can grow up to 15m, with its timber used in turnery, engraving, veneers and cabinets.

Secure Screen

As Hawthorn is thorny and densely branched, growing approximately 45cm a year it is ideal for a secure screen. Its structure and natural defense therefore prohibits grazing, and therefore acts as an excellent barrier in containing stock.

Seasonal Interest

Hawthorn announces the beginning of Spring, by breaking into leaf within a few days of the initial buds appearing, providing clusters of heavily scented flowers in May, which are highly scented, white or occasionally pink, with five petals. Once pollinated by insects, they develop into deep red fruits known as 'haws'. To complete it's yearly life cycle the leaves then bring in the autumn with their warming golden rust color.

Ecological Interest

The hedge is able to sustain native birds and insects, and even small mammals providing rich antioxidants through its 'haw's which are a valuable food source for Starlings, Thrushes, Blackbirds and Redwings. It's thorny dense branches then provide a secure nesting habitat.


Hawthorn is quick to establish, growing approximately 45cm a year, so must be trimmed after flowering or in the autumn.


24 July 2015 at 16:26 / Comment

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