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Oval Leaf Privet is another of Britain’s most popular hedging plants: a tough plant that copes well in most scenarios. It has a very dense habit which makes it a fantastic choice for defensive hedging and privacy screening. Its leaves are a mid-green, with streaks of yellow across the underside. White flowers bloom in late spring/early summer, followed by deep black/purple berries. As they grow quickly they’ll need a bit of maintenance if you want a more formal look. Oval Leaf Privet is perfectly happy in sun or shade and thrives in any soil that isn’t waterlogged.
|Type Bare Root||Height 60-80cm||Age 2 Years (0＋2)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £42.90 £35.75 (£1.43 Per Plant) (£1.72 Per Plant)||2+ £41.70 £34.75 (£1.67 Per Plant) (£1.39 Per Plant)||10+ £40.20 £33.50 (£1.61 Per Plant) (£1.34 Per Plant)||20+ £39.00 £32.50 (£1.56 Per Plant) (£1.30 Per Plant)|
Oval Leaf Privet is another of Britain’s most popular hedging plants, a tough plant that copes well in most scenarios. While originally native to Japan, we grow all of ours right here in the UK so that our plants are tough and hardy in our own climate.
We grow them in our nursery’s fields at the base of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, spreading across 220 acres. The hills help create an area of intense weather that all our plants endure throughout their early growth, making them hardy and durable for going up against our country’s varied weather, just as nature intended.
Our Oval Leaf Privet is a fast-growing hedge that has a very dense habit, making it a fantastic choice for defensive hedging and privacy screening, aswell as shelter for smaller birds. It’s a semi-evergreen, with foliage staying throughout most of winter except for when the weather is particularly severe. The leaves themselves are a mid-green, with streaks of yellow across the underside. White flowers bloom in late spring or early summer, followed by deep black or purple berries. The soil at our nursery is loamy and iron-rich, which helps accentuate the lovely colours present in all of our Oval Leaf Privet’s leaves and berries.
Since we’ve grown our Oval Leaf Privet to be tough and resilient, they can tolerate a relatively hard clipping several times a year. They’re pretty quick growers, so they’ll need a bit of maintenance if you’re going for a more formal look, though they are less likely to flower the more they are pruned.
Our Oval Leaf Privet is perfectly happy in either sun or shade and will thrive in any soil as long as it’s not waterlogged. They benefit from feeding in their first few years, and since we don’t use any nasty chemical fertilisers while they’re growing here at our nursery, you’re able to use standard household compost and still achieve great results.
|Foliage Colour (Main Interest)||Green|
|Time to Ultimate Height (years)||10 - 20 Years|
|Rate of Growth (per year)||Average (20-40cm)|
|Soil Moisture||Well-drained, Moist but well-drained|
|Soil Type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, November, December|
|Amount of Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Weather Exposure||Exposed, Sheltered|
|Aspect||North-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing|
|Delivery Time||1 Working Day|
Why Buy Bare Root Plants
Bare root plants are the perfect choice when you are creating a hedge on a budget. This method of planting is the most cost and time efficient, allowing us to pass those savings on to you, and significant discounts are available for buying bare root plants in bulk. Grown outdoors in its basic form all year round - No pot, no peat, no heat - our bare root stock comes with the added assurance that it’s acclimatised to British winters, hardy as nature intended. Grown from seed in rich Herefordshire soil all our bare roots plants are available at varying sizes and ages to fit any hedge development.
Bare root plants are lifted to order from November until March when they are dormant to reduce the shock of transplanting them. Bare Root hedging is delivered without soil on the roots. this means that you don't have to pay for the weight of the soil as you would with a Root Balled plant, making them more cost effective. We recommend that all Bare Root hedging plants should be planted as soon as possible as the plant is still alive and the roots need to be kept moist.
If you are unable to immediately plant your bare roots plants, we recommend a number of storage guidelines to ensure they remain healthy out of the ground. Store them in a cool, dry, dark location, making sure they are not exposed to any wind or frost. Do not soak the roots in a bucket of water as they will retain the right amount of moisture needed, you can water them well once they are planted if you are concerned the roots are too dry.
How we Measure Our Bare Root Plants
Our plants are usually measured by height - '30-40cm' means a plant is between 30cm and 40cm high measured from soil level to the top of the plant - the roots are not included in the measurement.
|(0/1)||1 Year Old - Hardwood cutting taken from a strong, healthy shoot on a mature plant. Cutting is grown outdoors for 1 year to develop a healthy root system.|
|(1+0)||1 Year Old - 1 year seedling grown at wide spacing. Seedling is undercut (roots are trimmed below the soil) during the growing season to promote a compact and fibrous root system and regulate plant height. This makes it a cheaper specification suitable when planting where weed competition will be less intense, soil is shallow or on exposed windy sites. Give high root to shoot ratio and minimal plant 'check'.|
|(1+1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 1 year. They commonly range from 40-60cms or 60-80cms and is often the best choice and the staple norm. Gives robust plant with fibrous and compact roots.|
|(1u1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings are undercut and grown in situ for 1 further year. The effect of this gives a slimmer, straighter plant.|
|(1+2)||3 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 2 years. The effect of this gives a stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+1)||3 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for a further year. Gives stockier, bushier plant.|
|(1+3)||4 Year Old - 1 year old seedling grown in seed bed then lined out for 3 years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+2)||4 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for 2 further years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants.
A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or to create a wind break.
There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge. For example: Bare root Yew should not really be planted any closer than 3 plants per metre due to its vast established spread, whereas a tight Box hedge should be planted with 5 plants in a single row.
Our rough guide of planting distances:
|Plant Height||Recommended Planting Density
|Up to 100cm||3-5 per metre for a single row|
|Up to 100cm||5-7 per metre for a double row|
|100 - 175cm||3 per metre for a single row|
|100 - 175cm||5 per metre for a double row|
|175cm +||2 per metre for a single row|
|175cm +||4 per metre for a double row|
Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.