Bare-root plants are exactly that, and the plants are not in any undue stress as it is the dormant season. Each year these timings may slightly differ depending on the weather, however this year it has only just started to get cold so the soil has still retained its warmth. Once the roots are in the darkness of the ground, the magic begins, the roots will quietly grow, despite looking sparse above the ground and will slowly prepare themselves to fuel the abundance of spring.
For the gardener, the immediate advantages of bare root plants are that they are affordable and easy to plant. This makes them an excellent choice if large numbers are required, such as planting long stretches of hedging. The plants are small and young so don't expect mature specimens, but an advantage of planting young trees is that they'll have the energy to develop and grow vigorously more quickly than older, pot-grown examples.
Below is a full list of availability as of 27th Dec and includes the classics, such as beech, hawthorn and hornbeam. We also have some interesting alternatives, especially selected by our tree men Rob and Nick. There's three in particular that comes highly-recommended by Rob:
Salix Viminalis (basket willow) – 60-80cm. A fast-growing shrub or small tree, with shiny greenish-yellow young shoots and narrow leaves. With slender catkins opening before the leaves arrive in late winter. Great for coastal gardens. £1.20each.
Alnus cordata (Italian alder) - 60-80cm. This is a great screening tree that can put on 1.2m per year. It's also handy as it retains its foliage until after Christmas, while it can cope equally well in damp or dry soils. £1.99 each.
Sorbus aucuparia (rowan or mountain ash) – 60-80cm. An upright, bushy, deciduous tree with pinnate leaves that turn yellow in autumn, with flat clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by fiery orange-red berries in autumn. £1.99 each.