Further Information about Beech Hedge Plants

About Beech Hedge Plants

Beech hedge plants are renowned for their attractive, dense foliage that turns to a gorgeous rust-brown, coppery colour during autumn and winter months. Beech is a deciduous tree located heavily around the UK, Europe, North America and Asia and there are 11 different subspecies. The plant is a native to the UK and Beech plants are often used for hedging purposes and to populate woodlands.

Green Beech Hedging. Or ‘Fagus Sylvatica’ is one of the most popular types of hedging plant in the UK. The light green leaves first appear in late spring, becoming darker and turning into deeper green shades as they age. In Autumn, the Green Beech foliage is replaced by soft yellow tones before eventually turning to coppery brown – these leaves are then retained during the winter months, making Green Beech one of the few deciduous hedging plants that offers year-round privacy.

Purple Beech Hedging. Or Fagus Sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is often referred to as Copper Beech. This variety of Beech is known for its colourful, purple-toned foliage; in the Summer it becomes extremely rich in purple colouration and during the Winter it turns to coppery brown. Its leaves are retained in the Winter months, making Purple Beech hedging plants one of our most popular species with a year-round interest.

Caring for your Beech Hedge

Beech hedging plants will grow in full sun or partially shaded areas. However, those planted in shaded areas will experience slower growth and increased watering will be required. Also consider the type of soil you have so you can place your Beech hedge in the best spot possible for its needs. 

Planting Beech Hedging. If you are not sure when to plant your Beech Hedge, please have a read through this article: Best Time to Plant a Beech Hedge.  To help with any other questions regarding general Beech Hedge planting practices, we have produced a handy guide which you can find here: How To Plant A Hedge page

Overgrown Beech Hedge Plants. Sometimes, especially at an old age, Beech hedge plants can become overgrown with tall, wide and unsightly branches. It is possible to restore them within two or three seasons, with just a little bit of effort and treatment. You can find out how to rejuvenate your old plants here: Renovating Overgrown Beech Hedges.

Beech Hedging Types. We offer Beech hedging in a number of different types, including rootball, instant, potted hedging and bare root. All hedging is grown exclusively by us, meaning we’re able to directly control the level of quality that leaves our nursery.

Pests and diseases of beech: Do note that Beech Hedging can occasionally be affected by honey fungal attacks. Honey Fungus targets the roots of a plant and can spread quickly unless it is maintained. 

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When Does a Beech Hedge Turn Green?

Both the Green Beech and the Purple or Copper Beech produce their fresh new leaves in the Spring. The distinctive wavy-edged foliage emerges as mid-green, pushing out the dry copper leaves from the previous Autumn. The Green Beech leaves become darker as summer rolls on, while the leaves of the Purple Beech turn various shades of deeper, darker purple within a week or two of the initial springtime flush. During the cool Autumn months, the foliage softens to buttery yellow before taking on its beautiful coppery brown hue.

Although classed as a deciduous plant, beech hedging can retain the majority of its leaves throughout winter if pruned at the right time. We strongly recommend that this species is pruned in August in order to keep the foliage thick throughout winter and the hedge will give the privacy of an evergreen hedge. Beech is a versatile hedging plant; it can be maintained at any size from around as small as 60cm or so, up to many metres high, depending on your requirements.

Why Choose Hopes Grove Nurseries?

We’ve been growing and supplying Beech hedging to UK gardens and outdoor spaces for the last 30+ years. We’ve become specialists in hundreds of different hedging varieties, providing our customers with only the highest quality plants that will remain prosperous in their gardens for years to come. From hornbeam hedge to Cotoneaster ground cover, we’ve developed enough expertise to make us leaders in the industry.

Each and every plant is grown with passion, treated with the utmost care from initial planting to harvesting and delivering. The majority of our plant selection is grown across our 80-acre sites, with over half a million home-grown varieties for you to choose from.

If you’re interested in our beech hedging, take a look at our range above, get in touch, or buy online today.