Beech Green (Fagus Sylvatica) are a well known tree/hedge and a favourite amongst many. It is one of the most popular native hedges in the UK and is very versatile, suiting stock proof country hedges as well as formal hedges for your garden. They can live for hundreds and even thousands of years. The Beech Green hedge can be trimmed to as low as two foot, and can easily be maintained from here upwards. It suits
The Beech Green hedge can be trimmed to as low as two foot, and can easily be maintained from here upwards. It suits well drained soil and prefers to reside in soil that is either chalk, light loams or limestone based. Don’t expect to plant anything beneath a Beech Green hedge or tree (under its canopy) as not many plants survive. It can be grown in partial or full sunlight and likes to be trimmed in the late summer months. Once established, it can withstand drought and extremely windy sites. It’s fast growing, often growing around one to two feet a year.
It is classed as a deciduous tree that has lovely light green leaves in spring, that then turn a darker shade of green in summer. Come autumn those leaves will turn to gorgeous golden yellow, and an exquisite copper colour in winter. This hedge makes for a great alternative to evergreen hedges, as although it is deciduous it will retain it leaves during the winter months, resulting in a good privacy hedge all year round.
It is a great hedge in areas where there is pollution and salt spray, as these two things do not bother the Beech Green hedge – unlike other hedges that are more delicate to these conditions, thus making it a great roadside hedge. The Beech Tree/Hedge is associated with femininity, and is thought of as the queen of British trees. During Celtic times it was thought to have had medicinal properties, helping to relieve swellings, with the leaves being used as a poultice once boiled. The wood used to be used to smoke herring, and the timber is used today to make furniture, utensils, sports equipment and for the use of fuel.
When planting these hedges we recommend they are spaced 12-18 inches apart for a single row, but if you would like a double, staggered row plant them 18-24 inches between each plant and 15 inches between rows. We are able to provide these hedges in either bare root, pot grown or rootballed form to meet your specific requirements.
For more information on our wide and varied selection of Beech Green plants or any of our other hedging varieties, contact our specialist team members for more information.