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Acer pseudoplatanus

The Sycamore Tree is a large and dominant tree which will add grandeur and timelessness to any setting. The helicopter seeds are much beloved by young children.

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Common Alder

Alnus glutinosa

The alder tree is a prefect ornamental tree for wetter areas and will firm soil and improve the soil quality.

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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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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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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 wlaking sticks each year. And hazel nuts taste wonderful!

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Common Juniper

Juniperus communis

Juniper is a slow growing, but very hardy tree best known for its bright blue berries which flavour gin. Juniper jam is a great accompaniment to meat dishes. Best grown in clumps for maximum effect.

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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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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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Wild Cherry

Prunus avium

The wild cherry shows a stunning white blossom in the spring and almost pink leaves in the autumn. A showpiece for any garden and stunning when planted within a hedge. You might like to have one cherry tree as a focal point, reflected by a small amount of cherry in a surrounding hedge. The effect will be both delicate and stunning, creating a real sense of harmony.

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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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Wild Pear

Pyrus communis

Another of our gorgeous, native fruit trees, the Wild Pear is a must for anyone wanting to give the birds a real feast. If you add some wild pear to your hedge, you will be treated to a stunning white-pink blossom in the spring before bearing its luscious fruit in the autumn. You can make lots of recipes from our native fruits, but you will have to be quick to beat the hungry birds! The pear will lose its leaves over the winter so for a uniform look, mix it in with other deciduous trees.

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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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Taxus baccata

Another evergreen hedge, the yew can be tightly clipped for a very formal feel withstriaght, neat lines. Yew trees were beloved by the Victorians as an evergreen, native centrepiece to the garden, often used as toipary in a variety of interesting shapes. In modern times, they are normally used as a thick, glossy hedge. The yew fruits are fascinating- the red flesh is paletable, but the seeds are poisionous if crushed, so only birds which can pass the seed without digesting them eat the yew fruit. A perfect way for the tree to disperse its seed!

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Western Red Cedar

Thuja plicata

A much hardier alternative to lawson or leylandii cedar hedges, the western red cedar is becoming increasingly popular as an evergreen hedge.

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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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Wych Elm

Ulmus glabra

Help restore our native Elm trees by planting a wych elm in your garden. The wych elm is more resistant to Dutch Elm Disease than the non-native 'english' elm.

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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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Shining Gum

Eucalyptus nitens

Eucalyptus nitens is even faster growing than the closely related gunii, although it can be frost sensitive and should only be planted in the warm areas of Britain.

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Wild Cherry (Improved)

Prunus avium GI

We have scoured the country for the very best Wild Cherry trees and years of breeding have produced this improved variety. Faster growing and with better form.

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Copper Beech

Fagus sylvatica atropurpureum

Copper Beech is a much-loved hedging tree. It is a sub-species of Green Beech whose leaves turn purple in light and can look fantastic as a specimen tree or as a contrast to a luscious stretch of green beech hedging. Formal and elegant, beech is one of our nation's favourite types of hedging.

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Green Alder

Alnus viridis

Green Alder is an interesting variety of Alder and works well in a mix of Alders on wet ground. Alder trees will improve the ground for other species

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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.

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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 uderside to the leaves.

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Bay Willow

Salix pentandra

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

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Dwarf birch

Betula nana

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English Oak

Quercus robur

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Maritime Pine

Pinus pinaster

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