The Wayfaring Tree is a lovely flowering and berrying shrub which is often to be seen in hedgerows on chalkland in the south of England. Native to Britain, it has a long season of interest with large heads of attractive creamy flowers, red, then black berries and scarlet autumn colour. It also has excellent wildlife value.
Site and soil
Will do well on most soils, but is especially good on chalk and performs well near the coast. The Wayfaring Tree needs sun or part shade to flower and berry well.
Height and spread
Below are the approximate stages of growth, assuming sited in suitable conditions for this species;
After 10 years: 5m x 4m After 20 years 5m x 4m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are broadly ovate with serrated margins and downy undersides. They are grey-green, colouring bright red in autumn before leaf fall. The bark is greyish-brown.
Flower, seed and fruit
The small tubular white flowers are carried in dense domed heads in spring and early summer; they are very fragrant. The berries which follow are bright red, ripening to black in autumn. The berries are not poisonous, but are best avoided as they could cause a stomach upset.
The main reasons for buying protection is to protect the plants against:
When it comes to deciding what protection to choose the golden rule is to choose the product dependent on which pest you are protecting against. The below will help you in deciding what height of protection you will need.
Vole, Mice 20cm
Roe Deer, Muntjac 1.20m
Fallow Deer 1.50m
Pest & Minimum Protection Height
Protection Type Where more than one size is listed, the wider diameter protection is recommended for taller, bushier plants.
Support Required Taller support is recommended for use in sandier, lighter soils and wider/stronger support should be used at exposed sites.