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Beech 60/90cm 2L pot

Fagus Sylvatica

Beech 60/90cm 2L pot
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Beech 60/90cm 2L pot

Fagus Sylvatica

Price: 10.99 (Including VAT at 20%)
Was 8.99
Beech hedging (Fagus sylvatica) is not grown for flowers or fruits, but its magnificent foliage of delicate fluttery leaves with wavy edges. The leaves begin with a subtle golden-green before becoming brighter and finally, a stunning coppery colour. Click here for more information.More Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Fast Growth Rate
  • Deciduous
  • Grows to 5m
  • Native
  • Planting Conditions: Suitable for normal, clay and chalk soils, planted in full sun to semi shade and inland, coastal or exposed sites
  • Growth Rate: Fast growing, expect 30-60cm per year
  • Height: Easily maintained at 1-5m
  • Bare root plants are shown in winter dormancy as a single bare root and a bundle for comparison. Please note if ordering 1 x bare root, this will be a single plant not a bundle unless shown as a multibuy item.

Product Details
Product Details

Beech Hedge Plants

Strictly speaking, our native Beech is deciduous, but its crisp winter leaves, which stay on the plant until pushed off by the new bright green growth in spring, make it a great alternative to an evergreen hedge. Although this shrub is relatively fast-growing, at about 30-60cm per annum, Beech hedging maintenance is required, and we recommend trimming this plant in late summer/ early autumn. To keep up with beech hedging maintenance, clipping in early autumn is essential for some leaf coverage to be retained throughout winter.

Fagus sylvatica likes sun or partial shade and does well on almost any well-drained soil (acid or alkaline), but is not suitable for heavy clay or wet sites where Hornbeam hedging (a very similar looking leaf and a species which also goes copper coloured in Autumn) is a more successful option - see also our full range of native hedging plants. Though it is appropriate for windy sites and is suitable as a dense windbreak hedge, it may not keep all of its winter leaves in very exposed (particularly coastal) positions.

Beech forms a super formal hedge but its also an excellent component in a native mixed hedge providing some winter colour and an important wildlife shelter when the remainder of the fully deciduous hedge loses its leaves. If you are looking for Purple Beech hedging (often called Copper Beech), please click here.

See our colourful alternatives in our colourful foliage section. If you have any questions on this species, please give us a call on 01257 263 873.

As one of our most popular hedge species, we sell high volumes of Beech hedging each year. We're also familiar with customers asking for hedges similar to Beech hedging, especially if they are planting in sites prone to waterlogging, drought or heavy clay soils. In this instance, we advise that instead of Beech hedging, you should plant Hornbeam hedging. Similar in appearance, Hornbeam hedging copes better with difficult planting situations and will still retain some of its foliage throughout winter. If your planting site is suitable for Beech hedging, but you're looking for a slightly different aesthetic, we also recommend Purple Beech hedging or Copper Beech hedging as it is also known.

If you are looking for a more established hedge look or for garden screening, Beech is also available as an instant hedging screen. All of our hedging screens are trough grown over a galvanised steel frame, giving you all the lovely aesthetics of a Beech hedge complete with the privacy and security of a fence. The Beech hedging screen is just one of the range of hedging screens available. Visit our Instant Hedging Screens page for more information.

If Beech hedging or similar isn't the ideal hedge for you, you'll find a comprehensive selection of alternatives and suggestions for your garden via our Choosing the Right Species page.

Further Information
Further Information

Planting a Beech hedge

Prices shown are the price per plant, other than the discounted packs of 250, 500 and 1000. Planting distance is very much a matter of choice. For bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 plants in a double staggered row makes a dense hedge quicker. Smaller plants are generally planted at higher density than tall plants. Pot grown plants have recommended densities shown (which vary by pot size) but you can increase or reduce this density dependent on your level of patience. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row, or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row. Root ball Beech is normally planted at 2-3 per metre in a single row.

Beech hedging spacing

Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or 6 per metre in a staggered row but particularly with this species you could consider planting more densely.

Planting density for pot grown and root ball beech hedging plants is as shown but you can vary this depending on your budget and how long you’re willing to wait to see the finished product. For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section.

Cell grown, pot grown and instant beech hedging plants are available to buy all year round. Bare roots and Root ball beech hedging is only available from November to late April/early May.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

Beech hedging maintenance -
Beech hedging is relatively low maintenance and by planning your beech hedging care routine carefully, you will only have to prune once or twice a year.

A beech hedge can be tidied up in June, if it’s looking a little messy.

We recommend pruning an established beech hedge in late summer, August is the ideal time, as a late summer cutting means that the plants have enough time to regrow and recover before the winter and having a last flush of growth increases the winter coverage that makes beech hedging so popular.

Looking after a beech hedge is important, but it is possible to renovate an overgrown beech hedge. This sort of beech hedging maintenance should be carried out in February whilst it’s still dormant. If your overgrown beech hedge requires cutting back by more than half of its size it is best to do this gradually over two growing seasons. Firstly, cut back the top and one side of the hedge, leaving the other side for the following year.

Hard pruning is nothing to worry about, the beech hedging growth rate is particularly fast, approximately 30-60cm per year so your hedge will soon recover. With regular beech hedging maintenance, we do recommend using a slow release fertiliser, such as Bonemeal."

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page

It's Quick! - most orders are despatched within 3-5 working days!! (Some trees can be 7-10 days see product pages for info.)

Next Day Delivery is Available - We can offer next day delivery on eligible species and sizes for an additional £12 incl VAT. Call 01257 263 873 to find out if your order is eligible.

It's Convenient - no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time)

It's Tried & Tested - we use only couriers who have shown consistency in their efficiency & care

* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after any discounts have been applied.

Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee

Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
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