Viburnum lantana

The Wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana)  is a common native shrub, often seen in rural hedges or field boundaries throughout the UK. A deciduous shrub, which can naturally grow to 3-4m if left unpruned, produces pairs of rich grey-green leaves in spring before the domed clusters of tubular white flowers appear. In early autumn the orange red fruits which eventually turn black  make a bold splash of colour, contrasting well with the autumn foliage - it really is a plant to make you sit up and notice it (and hopefully remember your path home!). The common name was given to it by the herbalist Gerard in 1597 when he noticed it was a common sight on paths between Wiltshire and London.

Although preferring a chalky, alkaline site, wayfaring trees will actually tolerate quite a wide range of conditions, except for damp acidic sites. It does need some direct sunlight, although dappled shade would be fine.

Bees and especially butterflies love the flowers, the foliage is a good food source for several moth species, and the birds will devour the berries, so an excellent addition to a wildlife friendly hedge mix.

Plant every 30-40cm in a single row.

Plant sizes:

We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don’t think you can buy better.

<p dir="ltr">The Wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana)&nbsp;&nbsp;is a common native shrub, often seen in rural hedges or field boundaries throughout the UK. A deciduous shrub, which can naturally grow to 3-4m if left unpruned, produces pairs of rich grey-green leaves in spring before the domed clusters of tubular white flowers appear. In early autumn the orange red fruits which eventually turn black&nbsp; make a bold splash of colour, contrasting well with the autumn foliage - it really is a plant to make you sit up and notice it (and hopefully remember your path home!). The common name was given to it by the herbalist Gerard in 1597 when he noticed it was a common sight on paths between Wiltshire and London.</p> <p dir="ltr">Although preferring a chalky, alkaline site, wayfaring trees will actually tolerate quite a wide range of conditions, except for damp acidic sites. It does need some direct sunlight, although dappled shade would be fine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bees and especially butterflies love the flowers, the foliage is a good food source for several moth species, and the birds will devour the berries, so an excellent addition to a wildlife friendly hedge mix.</p> <p dir="ltr">Plant every 30-40cm in a single row.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Plant sizes:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don&rsquo;t think you can buy better.</p>