Further Information about Beech Hedge Plants

Beech hedges are renowned for their attractive, dense foliage that turns to a gorgeous rust-brown, coppery colour during autumn and winter months. 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 deciduous tree located heavily around the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.  The plant is a native to the UK, particularly to Southern England and Wales. Totalling 11 different sub-species, Beech is used frequently for hedging purposes and to populate woodlands.

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.

Growth Rate for Beech Hedge Plants

Beech has an average growth rate of around 30-60cm per year but reaches a maximum of 5m once mature. Due to its rapid growth rate, beech hedges can be pruned regularly without fear of causing the beech hedge to become sparse.

Caring for your Beech Hedge

Beech will grow in full sun or partial shade, with shadier areas leading to slower growth. More watering will also be required if you select an area more sheltered from the sun. If you are not sure how to plant a new hedge, or how to get the site ready for planting, we have produced a handy guide which you can find on our How To Plant A Hedge page. You can also visit our knowledge base to view more related questions on beech trees and hedge plants.

Beech Hedge Planting Density

For beech hedges grown from larger sizes, potted beech or root balled stock, we’d suggest 2-3 plants per metre in a single row will give good results. All instant Beech hedge plants are supplied in 1-metre sections, so it’s easy to calculate!

The answer also depends on how quickly you’d like your hedge to establish. For smaller plants up to 100/120cm in size, 3 plants per metre in a single row is adequate. If you are patient, 5 plants per metre set in a double row will knit together as a hedge more quickly, or for the fastest results, you can plant 7 per metre in a double row. The choice is completely yours.

If you still aren’t sure, our diagram below will give you a more visual idea – but don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to advise you about your garden. Simply get in touch or call us now.

 Beech hedge planting and spacing diagram

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.