Daily Archives: March 7, 2009

Hedges for Birds

English Hawthorn Hedge

English Hawthorn Hedge

plant a hedge, feed a bird.

Below is some bright, cheerful wild hawthorn berries, ripe and ready for birds to eat.

wild hawthorn berry winter

 

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Below is a bramble / blackberry bush

Brambles for birds

Brambles for birds

 with a few brambles left over for us hopeully!

Below is a bramble / blackberry bush with fruit that are nearly ready

Blackberries for birds

Blackberries for birds

 

Plants like these brighten up the countryside and could brighten up our gardens, provide fruit for ourselves and provide food and nesting sites for birds.

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I have been getting confused about when a bush turns into a tree!  I emailed Trees2mydoor and got this reply –

Hello Trisha,   Many thanks for your e-mail.

Yes, you are correct, the bushes/hedges of Elder, Blackthorn and Hawthorn are the same as trees. The main difference being that the trees are turned into hedges if the trees are clipped and pruned.
If the plants are left to grow naturally, they will be classed as trees.
If you need any further info, please get in touch, we are more than happy to help.   Regards
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In the English countryside I have seen really big hawthorn, elderberry and other bushes as big as trees, yet to me they are hedges.  So the info from trees2mydoor explains a lot.
Take a look  –