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Silver Birch

Betula pendula

Elegant and feminine with a rich history, silver birch trees are a popular feature of many British gardens and the silver barks looks stunning year-round.

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Downy Birch

Betula pubescens

The downy birch is very popular alternative to silver birch for wetter conditions as both trees look very similar. Delicate and feminine, a stunning focal point

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Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam is an excellent alternative to beech for a hedge - it is better in wet or shady sites and comes into leaf earlier. Hornbeam looks wonderful as an urban hedge and although it lacks the glossy look of the green beech, it adds texture with thick, soft ridges on the leaves.

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Sweet Chestnut

Castanea sativa

Sweet Chestnut grows well thorughout Britain and is known as the 'Woodsman's Tree' in Southern Britain. The nuts can be roasted at Christmas time

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Lawson Cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsonianna

Chamaecyparis lawson is the most popular cypress as it is easy to grow as a thick, screen hedge or beatiful topiary tree. Fast growing and evergreen, lawson is our most popular choice as a screen or small windbreak. It is fairly water hungry, so avoid planting right next to your home and make sure you prune the hedge every year as you cannot prune into old growth.

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Hazel

Corylus avellana

The hazel tree is often chosen for urban gardens as it is small, colourful and resistant to air pollution. Hazel can take a good pruning so you can keep the hazel tree as small as you like and for the more crafty it can also provide a crop of walking sticks each year. And hazel nuts taste wonderful!

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Holly

Ilex aquifolium

Holly is a wonderful Christmas bush, but it also makes a fantastic hedge - protection and food for birds and yuletide decoration for you. Only the female trees produce the famous berries and it is impossible to know which are female until it matures, so planting a hedge ensures a mix of genders and lots of berries. Holly hedging is also much prizes for adding a lucious green colour throughout the winter, although most of it seems to be harvested for indoor decorations!

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European Larch

Larix decidua

European larch is a very fast-growing deciduous conifer perfect for shelter belts or making your own bonzai. It looks stunning in the Autumn with red and yellow colours.

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Common Crab Apple

Malus sylvestris

Add a bit of the 'tree of love' into your hedge for some stunning blossom in the spring and native apples in the autumn. Crab apple will need some other species to provide a bit of structure and girth to the hedge, such as hawthorn or blackthorn, but dotting some crab apple in can add a whole different dimension to your hedge. You won't regret it!

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Norway Spruce

Picea abies

Norway Spruce is the ultimate Christmas tree and is also red squirrel friendly.

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Scots Pine

Pinus sylvestris

Scots pine is a wonderfully hardy native conifer and its distinctive red bark has been a key feature of the British tree landscape for thousands of years.

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Aspen

Populus tremula

Aspen is well known for its delicate leaves which shimmer in a summer breeze before turning bright gold in the autumn. A tree to love and admire.

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Douglas Fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas Fir is a gloriously majestic conifer which adds grandeur to large gardens. Douglas Fir can even be used as a Christmas tree as its needles are surprisingly soft, which can be ideal when there are young children around.

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Evergreen Oak

Quercus ilex

Holm or evergreen oak trees have holly-like leaves to withstand hot or salty weather. Holm oaks are the only oak tres to retain green leaves in winter.

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Sessile Oak (native)

Quercus petraea (native)

Sessile oak is English oak's natural brother - strong, masculine and timeless. Plant an oak tree and you leave a legacy.

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English Oak (native)

Quercus robur (native)

Oak is our national tree with a rich spiritual history. Plant an oak tree and you will have left your mark on that spot for centuries. Oak is a legacy tree.

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Eared Willow

Salix aurita

The Eared Willow will brighten up that dark, damp corner and fill a gap with colour and interest. Why not mix with other willow trees for varied autumn colour?

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Goat Willow

Salix caprea

A goat pussy willow is a perfect choice for brightening up a damp spot. Why not mix with other willows for variety and interest?

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Grey Willow

Salix cinerea

Willow trees are so easy to grow and prune - you are only limited by your imagination! Willow trees are ideal for wet areas.

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Common Osier

Salix viminalis

Osier is a tradtional willow tree with long, pointed leaves which look almost oriental. Arching and graceful, the osier willow gives a sense of peace.

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Rowan

Sorbus aucuparia

The rowan makes an excellent garden tree because it is compact, easy to grow with stunning red berries, white flowers and autumn colour and a rich folklore

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Small Leaved Lime

Tilia cordata

The tilia cordata is a popular parkland tree due to its tall and graceful nature. The cordata does best as a feature tree, or lining a dignified avenue.

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Western Hemlock

Tsuga heterophylla

One of the hardiest evergreen hedges, western hemlock is becoming increasingly popular. Native Americans even made bread from the bark!

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Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna

The ultimate hedging plant and an essential choice for most deciduous hedges. Hawthorn is widely used as it is very dense, easy to grow and the thorns keep animals at bay. Most mixed, native hedges have at least 70% hawthorn to provide sturcture to other plants and our farms are surrounded by miles of glorious hawthorn hedgrows. Enjoy the wonderful blossom in the spring and red haw fruits in the autumn!

hawthorn tree

Field Maple

Acer campestre

Field Maple is perfect for gardens as it is a small tree and the leaves turn deep yellow in autumn - it is our only native maple and it under-rated as a hedge. Being shade tolerant, the maple thrives in areas in which other species may suffer and the lobed foliage makes the hedge almost come alive. If you plant a field maple hedge in a shady area, it will be a bright, light green in the summer and a glorious yellow in the autumn, with tinges of orange and gree, A fantastic hedge which will grow well in most situations.

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Monkey Puzzle

Araucaria araucana

Monkey puzzle trees are trees packed with character and interest - surely the focal point of any garden!

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Sitka Spruce GI

Picea sitchensis GI

An agressively hardy conifer, Sitka Spruce will thrive in conditions that destroy many other trees. Often used as an 'insurance' tree in mixed planting. Valuable in shelter belts for providing a central core.

Sitka Spruce Trees

Lodgepole Pine

Pinus contorta

A conifer tree ideally suited to poor ground and exposed sites. Can also be inter-planted with other species to protect them from frost and encourage good growth.

Lodgepole pine

White Willow

Salix alba

Associated by Ancient Britons with mourning, the white willow has purple twigs and a silvery underside to the leaves.

White Willow

Bay Willow

Salix pentandra

Bay Willow is a fast growing ornamental willow tree with bay tree - shaped leaves

Bay Willow Tree

Blue Spruce

Picea pungens glauca

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Dwarf birch

Betula nana

Dwarf Birch

Creeping Willow

Salix repens

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English Oak (selected)

Quercus robur (selected)

English Oak

Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica

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Common Whitebeam

Sorbus aria

Whitebeam is a medium sized tree ideal for gardens with subtle appeal. The leaves flash a distictive white in the wind which gives the whitebeam its name.

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