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.
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 youre 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.
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 Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£24 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|
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