50 - 80cm Quercus robur | Oak | Bare Root Hedging
The classic Native Oak- a star contributor to biodiversity...
A magnificent addition to any landscape, this Native Oak hedging plant is widely loved for its green lobed leaves and its unmatched contribution to our environment. Come autumn, the characteristic acorns will appear - which are a valuable food source for many animals such as squirrels and birds. The fallen leaves are also excellent for biodiversity, while the tree itself will become a home for many more creatures.
- Supplied As: Bare root
- Height on Arrival: 50 - 80cm
- Features: Abundant green foliage, great for biodiversity, habitat for wildlife.
- Habit: Spreading/branching
- Deciduous?: No, evergreen
A much treasured plant, your Oak Tree will support life more than any other species of tree in the UK. Its growth will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:
- Hardiness: Oak trees are native to the UK climate so these mild winters will not affect your tree.
- Position: Oak trees will happily grow in more shaded locations, and also in full sun. However, we believe that anywhere from full sun to part shade is best.
- Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your oak tree's growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Try to also avoid compressing the soil when planting.
Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.
The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.
Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.
Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.
Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Supplied As||Bare Root|
|Supplied As||Bare Root|