Cell Grown Plants

Every year our nursery in the Scottish Borders produces millions of cell grown broadleaves, conifers, shrubs, hedging plants and a range of other species for environmental planting.  Our species range is extensive and we have species to suit all planting objectives.

Cell grown plants can be planted almost all year round and offer excellent survivability as they are supplied with a complete and intact fibrous root system.

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  • 100 x Native Wildflower Plug Plant Mix for...

    £65.00
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    Wildflowers are a beautiful addition to a woodland setting and they also provide a valuable food source for invertebrates.

    The species in our wildflower plug plant mixture have been carefully selected to tolerate the semi shaded conditions of woodland edges. All species are hardy perennials which will grow year after year.

    Supplied as a mixture of 100 ready to plant, robust jumbo plug plants from at least six of the species listed below.

    • Achillea millefolium - Common Yarrow
    • Centaurea nigra - Common Knapweed
    • Digitalis purpurea - Common Foxglove
    • Knautia arvensis - Field Scabious
    • Lotus corniculatus - Bird's foot Trefoil
    • Primula veris - Cowslip
    • Ranunculus acris - Meadow Buttercup
  • Acer campestre - Field Maple

    £1.25

    Acer campestre - Field maple is a versatile and resilient fast growing small to medium sized tree that is also suitable for hedgerow planting.

    It is a colourful species; the attractive five lobed leaves are flushed red in Spring, turning green and then yellow / gold in the Autumn. Deciduous. Native to the UK

    Our cell grown Field Maple plants are often used for hedge planting either on their own or mixed with other species such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel etc. Usually at a planting density of 6 plants per metre.

  • Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold

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    Caltha palustris, known as marsh-marigold and kingcup, is a small to medium size perennial herbaceous plant of the buttercup family. Often found growing alongside streams or ponds, it produces a wonderful ball of yellow flowers between April and August. 

    Native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland, the striking golden flowers are know for being pollen rich and beneficial for attracting bees and other pollinators. 

  • Abies fraserii - Fraser Fir

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    Abies fraserii - Fraser Fir is a fast growing, large evergreen with dark green needles that have a silver grey underside.

    Originally from the USA, this species is most frequently planted in the UK for Christmas tree crops as it has a dense, busy habit when young. Fraser Fir has a narrower and more compact shape than Nordmann Fir so is often suited to smaller rooms in houses if it is grown to then be supplied as a cut Christmas tree.

    We grow several other species of cell grown conifers which are all suited for Christmas tree production.

  • Calluna vulgaris - Native Wild Heather

    £1.25

    Calluna vulgaris - Native Wild Heather is the dominant heath plant in many parts of the UK. It has a wide range and is widely distributed throughout Europe as far North as the Faroe Islands.

    Mauve pink flowers bloom from July to September which create a colourful scene in the countryside. 

    Native heather is an important source of food for butterflies and bees with hives often located on heather moorland in the Summer where the bees can easily obtain the nectar from the heather flowers to produce a very distinctive and much sought after ‘heather honey’.

    The majority of the plants that we supply are used for heathland restoration projects in the countryside or on golf courses. 

  • Buxus sempervirens - Box

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    The majority of the Buxus sempervirens - Box plants that we supply are used for hedging as it makes a fabulous formal hedge, but our clients also use it for planting as an understorey species in mixed woodlands or for game cover.

    Evergreen with small, shiny dark green leaves. It is a very long lived species and can live for several hundred years.

  • Acer platanoides - Norway Maple

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    Acer platanoides - Norway Maple is a beautiful fast growing tree of large stature which is best suited to parkland or settings where its superb autumn colour can be fully appreciated.

    Deciduous. Native to Central / Eastern but widely adapted to the UK. Norway Maple has a typical maple shaped leave which turns bright yellow in the autumn.

  • Carex acutiformis - Lesser Pond Sedge

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    Carex acutiformis is a tough native grass like plant with attractive black seed heads and a course greyish green foliage. Its native habitat includes river banks, pond margins and marshy areas and it is notably shade tolerant. It can grow as high as 1.5m tall and forms dense clumps which provide excellent protection for invertebrates and small amphibians.

  • Typha latifolia - Common Reed Mace

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    Typha latifolia - Common Reed Mace, also known as Bulrush is a native marginal plant that has long sword like leaves and distinctive dark brown seed heads that are cylindrical in shape. It is very prolific so requires plenty of space!

  • Abies grandis - Grand Fir

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    Abies grandis - Grand Fir is a very large and stately evergreen conifer that has a very fast rate of growth.

    It is one of several north west American species discovered by the well known plant hunter, David Douglas who sent seeds back to the UK in 1831.

    Needles are dark green and grooved on top with two white bands. A very shade tolerant species that is ideally suited for underplanting in continuous cover forestry but it is equally as impressive when grown as a specimen tree.

  • Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore

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    Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore.  The marmite of forestry that needs little or no introduction. Undemanding, tolerant, and productive. 

    Deciduous. A native to central and southern Europe but is considered by some to be an honorary native to the UK. Simple, large green leaves and interesting grey, flaky bark.

  • Digitalis purpurea - Common Foxglove

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    Digitalis purpurea - Common Foxglove, is a shade tolerant biennial or short-lived perennial.

    It is commonly found in hedge banks, open woods and woodland clearings, on heath and moorland margins, riverbanks, montane rocky slopes and sea-cliffs.  Digitalis purpurea is a native European woodland plant with spikes of tubular purple flowers with a spotted throat. It can appear in many guises, some dwarf and others very tall, with flowers in shades of pink, purple, white and red. Digitalis purpurea self-seeds freely and will quickly naturalise.

    Digitalis purpurea is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It is a caterpillar food plant and has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

  • Alnus cordata - Italian Alder

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    Alnus cordata - Italian Alder is a fast growing, medium sized tree which grows in most soils except heavy clay. Tough and hardy with nitrogen fixing qualities. Often used on reclamation or hostile sites.

    Bright green glistening foliage preceded by yellow catkins that appear in late winter. Ideal for forming a windbreak or for companion planting with species such as Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce.

  • Ammophila arenaria - Marram Grass

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    We are specialist growers of Ammophila arenaria - Marram Grass plants from British seed for coastal erosion projects.

    Marram Grass is our native coastal grass and it does a fantastic job of helping to stabilise sand dunes protecting coastal defences.

    It grows from a network of underground rhizomes which give it a sturdy anchor to the sand and allow it to spread upwards.

    Growing in stiff, hardy clumps the foliage is grey green in colour and it produces light brown flowerheads.

    Suggested planting density: 5 plants per square metre.

  • Abies nobilis - Noble Fir

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    Abies nobilis - Noble Fir is a well regarded evergreen conifer that has a very high tolerance of exposure and it is often planted in the uplands.

    It is one of several north west American species discovered by the well known plant hunter, David Douglas who sent seeds back to the UK in 1831.

    Needles are blue grey in colour and are upcurved. A popular species for Christmas tree production due to its steady growth, attractive shape, good needle retention qualities and desirable foliage colour.

    We grow several other species of cell grown conifers which are all suited for Christmas tree production.

  • Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet

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    Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet is an attractive plant which is idea for growing in damp soil and boggy areas such as the edge of a pond. It is mostly grown for its foliage, which emerges a fresh golden-green, fading to gold in summer, especially when grown in strong sun.

    The plant puts much of its energy into developing its flower spikes and if allowed to flower the blooms have a strong sweet scent.  During the flowering period of June to August the creamy white blossoms provide a sweet scent and the rich pollen attracts bees, hoverflies and small beetles. 

  • Eriophorum angustifolium - Cottongrass

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    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cottongrass (often referred to as bog cotton) is an evergreen perennial that forms vigorously spreading clumps.  It enjoys the harshest of environments - boggy, open, peat areas where there is little other competition.

    Pure white silky haired seed heads form after flowering.  Cottongrass seeds and stems are edible and can used for medicinal purposes.  The fluffy seed heads have also been used as a substitute to stuffing pillows.

    It provides an excellent habituate for wildlife and is a pond essential. 

  • Abies nordmanniana - Nordman Fir

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    Abies nordmanniana - Nordman Fir is the best selling species for Christmas tree production.

    It has luscious soft dark green needles, a symmetrical shape, and excellent needle retention qualities.

    We grow several other species of cell grown conifers which are all suited for Christmas tree production.

  • Cytisus scoparius - Broom

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    Cytisus scoparius - Broom is a large, native shrub that is often found on heathland, woodland and coastal areas.  

    It thrives in poor soil and is a useful plant for stablising soil.

    It produces bright yellow flowers in the Spring which smell of vanilla. The flowers then ripen into seed pods which crack open in the Summer.

    There are many different varieties of Broom but we produce the native type from seed.

  • Alnus glutinosa - Common Alder

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    Alnus glutinosa - Common Alder, is a medium to large sized tree liking a natural habit of damp ground near rivers and lochs, but it is equally found in mixed woodlands on drier ground.

  • Euonymus europeaus - Spindle

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    Spindle hedging plants provide a wonderful array of autumn colour. The four-lobed capsules burst into life with a vibrant shade of pink, opening to reveal orange fruits in the autumn. Euonymus europaeus hedging plants have dark green foliage that transforms into rich shades of red and yellow in autumn, adding another layer of colour to your garden.  Spindle produces a dense hard wood that was traditionally used for making spindles and small implements.

    A fast-growing species, Spindle is ideal for giving an array of colour to a hedge and is an excellent attractor of wildlife.

  • Leucanthemum vulgare - Oxeye Daisy

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    Leucanthemum vulgare - Oxeye Daisy, is a perennial wildflower that will do very well and endure year after year when given the right growing conditions.  It is often found growing in grassland and wildflower meadows. It will often colonise open ground if left to its natural devices and are particularly rampant in fertile soil. Leucanthemum vulgare bears a medium to tall un-branched stem topped by a solitary daisy flower from May to September. A very tolerant wildflower, it will grow in a wide range of soils but prefer rich, moist, loamy soils for the best results. 

    Leucanthemum vulgare is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar-pollen-rich-flowers, has seeds for birds and is a caterpillar food plant.

  • Cryptomeria japonica - Japanese Red Cedar

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    Cryptomeria japonica - Japanese Red Cedar is a large evergreen tree with green, dense foliage that turns bronze in Winter. 

    Introduced into Britain in 1879, the Japanese Red Cedar has demonstrated its ability to produce a yield that is comparable to other commonly used conifers in the UK such as Douglas Fir & Western Red Cedar.  It’s expansion into UK is likely to be in areas with a warm, moist maritime climate such as W. Scotland, Wales and SW England.

    There is limited experience of processing the timber in the UK but in its native range it is highly regarded as a major construction timber and is also often used in exterior, ground contact applications as the timber has good natural durability.

    Learn more on this Fact Sheet.

  • Ilex aquifolium - Holly

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    A classic, native evergreen hedging plant, Ilex aquifolium - Holly growth rate is fairly slow at about 10-20cm a year, but what these hedging plants lack in speed, they make up for with seasonal interest and colourful foliage.

    As a native hedging plant, Ilex is great for providing food and shelter to British wildlife. Birds such as blackbirds, chaffinches, robins and waxwings feast on the bright red berries and Holly plants provide a good source of nectar and pollen for bees. Holly hedging is the most beneficial to wildlife when left to grow naturally, as the bushy habit provides a safe, protected habitat

  • Betula pendula - Silver Birch

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    Betula pendula - Silver Birch is one of the UK’s most well-known and hardiest native trees which offer so much interest due to its graceful habit and papery/peeling white bark with brown contrast.

    Deciduous. A true pioneer species which rapidly colonises open areas and supports over 300 species of insect. Silver Birch is one of the most productive broadleaves species in Scandinavian countries and a multifunctional species for the UK. Excellent planted as a mixture with other species, superb as a windbreak and provides excellent quality firewood!

  • Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin

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    Lychnis flos-cuculi, is found growing naturally in damp places in Europe, Caucasus and Siberia. It is an understated hardy perennial perfect for growing in damp borders.  With an upright or spreading habit, ragged robin forms a rosette of low growing blue-green, lance-shaped leaves at the base of the plant, becoming more rounded further up the stem. Flower stems can vary from 20cm-90cm tall. In summer loose, flat flower heads carry star-shaped flowers with deeply cut petals, which vary in colour from purple-pink to white. Blooms are generally present from May – August and butterflies and long-tongue bees like to feed on the flowers nectar.

  • Cuppressocyparis leylandii - Leylandii

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    Leylandii is a large evergreen conifer that is most commonly utilised for hedging or screening purposes.

    Tough, Fast growing and tolerant of most conditions.

    The foliage is dense, dark green in colour and flat in shape. We also produce Golden Leylandii.

    If you are planting for hedging/screening you may also wish to consider Western Red Cedar. This species is equally as fast growing but has a tighter shape and a richer shade of green.

  • Betula pubescens - Downy Birch

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    Betula pubescens - Downy Birch is probably one of the toughest native species.  Its range extends into the artic, more northerly than any other broadleaved species!

    Deciduous.  It is similar in appearance to Silver Birch but has a more upright habit and a darker bark.

  • Primula veris - Cowslip

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    Primula veris - Cowslip, is one of the most striking native primula species. It has fresh green rosettes of crinkly oval leaves from which several flower stems are produced.  Each stem is crowned by a one-sided cluster of long, funnel-shaped blooms, rich yellow and sweetly fragrant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

    Grow Primula veris in moist soil in partial shade. It is best grown in groups, especially if naturalised in grass, such as around the edge of a pond. Let plants self-seed after flowering, and mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

    Primula veris is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers and is a caterpillar food plant.

  • Cupressocyparis leylandii Castlewellan Gold -...

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    Cupressocypairs leylandii Castlewellan Gold - Golden leylandii is a large evergreen conifer that is most commonly utilised for hedging or screening purposes.

    Tough, Fast growing and tolerant of most conditions.

    The new growth is strikingly golden yellow in colour. We also produce Green Leylandii.

    If you are planting for hedging/screening you may also wish to consider Western Red Cedar. This species is equally as fast growing but has a tighter shape and a richer shade of green.

  • Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam

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    Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam is an excellent versatile species which can either be used for forestry purposes or for hedging. If grown for hedging the leaves will stay on throughout most of the winter. 

  • Juniperus communis - Common Juniper

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    Juniperus communis - Juniper is a small evergreen conifer that is native to the UK.

    Small green needles with a prickly point. Juniper is dioecious so the male and female flowers grown on separate plants.  Once pollinated by wind the female flowers develop into fleshy purple berries.

    The berries are popular for flavouring gin but they are equally favoured birds who eat the berries. Juniper is also an important habitat for small mammals and nesting birds due the dense cover that it provides.

  • Prunella vulgaris - Selfheal

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    Prunella vulgaris - Selfheal, is a 5–30 cm high creeping grassland perennial with a square stem and bright green oval leaves, borne in opposite pairs. The flowers are violet, hooded and two lipped and are arranged into a dense slightly oblong head. Flowering is from June to September.

    Selfheal is found on a wide range of grasslands such as meadows, pasture, lawns, roadsides and woodland clearings but has a particular affinity for moist, moderately fertile neutral or calcareous soils. A short rather slow growing plant it is often dominated by taller vegetation but can persist due to its tolerance of moderate shade.

    It is particularly attractive to bees.

  • Larix decidua - European Larch

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    Larix decidua - European larch is one of the few deciduous conifers.

    It has a lot to offer. It is tough and robust, provides strong durable timber and offers fantastic landscape value in the Autumn when its foliage changes to a golden yellow colour.

    Its native range is the mountainous regions in Central and Eastern Europe where it grows well at high elevations. It has grown successfully in the UK since it was introduced in the early 17th century.

    The timber is noted for its hardness, strength, and natural durability so it is often used for exterior purposes. The seeds are a tasty treat for red squirrels!

    We also produce Hybrid Larch.

  • Corylus avellana - Hazel

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    Corylus avellana - Hazel is a small shrubby tree which is often found in mixed native woodlands and hedgerows.

    It is well known for its long yellow catkins which appear in the Spring and then produces hazelnuts in the summer. Native to the UK.

    Our cell grown Hazel plants are often used for hedge planting either on their own or mixed with other species such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog Rose etc. at a planting density of 6 plants per metre.

  • Silene dioica - Red Campion

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    Silene dioica - Red Campion is an attractive, medium to tall perennial or biennial plant with a downy stem.  A distinctive pink-red in colour with five petals that are fused at their base to form a tube surrounded by a purple-brown protective sheath. This plant is dioecious, meaning the male and female flowers grow on separate plants.

  • Larix x eurolepis - Hybrid Larch

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    Larix x eurolepis - Hybrid Larch is a cross between European Larch and Japanese larch. It is hardier and has a faster growth rate than its parents.

    Larch has a lot to offer. It is tough and robust, provides strong durable timber and offers fantastic landscape value in the Autumn when its foliage changes to a golden yellow colour.

    Its native range is the mountainous regions in Central and Eastern Europe where it grows well at high elevations. It has grown successfully in the UK since it was introduced in the early 17th century.

    The timber is noted for its hardness, strength, and natural durability so it is often used for exterior purposes.

    The seeds are a tasty treat for red squirrels!

    We also produce European Larch.

  • Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn

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    Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn is the backbone of most British hedgerows and is one of the first species to produce new leaves in the Spring. If left untrimmed it will grow into a small tree with a very dense crown.

    A very showy native species with fragrant, creamy white flowers in the Spring followed by green haws (berries) turning red in autumn.

    Spiny, dense deciduous foliage which provides an excellent habitat for birds and insects.

    Our cell grown Hawthorn plants are often used for hedge planting either on their own or mixed with other species such as Crab Apple, Blackthorn, Dog Rose etc. at a planting density of 6 plants per metre.

  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood

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    Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood is a large deciduous conifer which needs plenty of space to reach its full potential.

    This ancient species was considered to be extinct until a small group were discovered in China in 1944. Whilst it has been widely planted throughout the world since then it is still carries the endangered status by the IUCN.

    It has bright green needles which are light and feathery – quite similar in appearance to Coastal Redwood. The foliage turns to fiery shades of orange and brown in the Autumn which provides a spectacular show of colour.

    A great choice for avenue and parkland planting.

  • Ligustrum vulgare - Wild Privet

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    Ligustrum vulgare - Wild Privet is a bushy, native shrub that we often supply as part of a native hedge mixture but it is also useful on the edge of woodlands or as game cover due to its good tolerance of shade.

    It is semi evergreen so provides useful cover and shelter for wildlife in the winter thanks to its relatively untidy and gnarly habit.

    Semi evergreen with thin, green pointed leaves. Small white flowers are produced in the Summer with dark purple berries that follow in the Autumn.

  • Eucalyptus dalrympleana - Mountain Gum

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    Eucalyptus dalrympleana - Mountain Gum is one of the most popular species of Eucalypts grown in the UK due to its cold tolerance properties. A fast growing species which is very productive and adaptable to many purposes including biomass production, firewood, screening and foliage production. 

    Evergreen with ovate foliage which is copper tinged in colour when juvenile, turning blue/ green. Like most Eucalypts, the bark is often equally as impressive as the foliage and this species does not disappoint with shades of white and grey.

  • Picea abies - Norway Spruce

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    Picea abies - Norway Spruce is one of the most important and widely distributed tree species in Europe.

    With the exception of coastal areas it has no climatic limitations throughout the UK so it as been widely planted for timber production plus it has a high ecological value.

    Coniferous. Evergreen with sharp, pointed needles that have a rich sweet smell.

    The traditional species for Christmas tree production due to its busy habit and attractive scent. It does not have the cut tree needle retention qualities of other Christmas trees species such as Nordmann Fir, however the fast rate of growth and relatively low cost of production still makes it a popular choice – especially for larger display trees.

  • Lonicera nitida - Boxleaf Honeysuckle

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    Lonicera nitida, commonly known as the Boxleaf Honeysuckle due to its small box type leaf that is pale green in colour.

    It has as looser habit when compared against box so it should not be first choice for formal hedging but it is useful for planting on woodland edges as it offers good winter shelter and interest.

    Fast growing and evergreen with small white flowers appearing in Spring.

  • Fagus sylvatica - Green Beech

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    Fagus sylvatica - Green Beech is one of the most widely planted broadleaved trees in Europe. A long lived species that is commonly used in the UK as a component in a mixed woodland, for hedging or for parkland planting due its very broad crown.

    Smooth, silver grey bark. Dark green leaves turning yellow then copperin autumn. The leaves are retained on the plant during the winter if the plant is maintained as a hedge. If you are comparing Beech or Hornbeam for hedging and you have damp soil and or you are in a cold exposed area then we would suggest using Hornbeam.

  • Picea omorika - Serbian Spruce

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    Picea omorika - Serbian spruce as the name suggests originates from Serbia and is a large evergreen conifer with an alpine appearance.

    It is similar to Norway Spruce although it has shorter branches with a downward curve and the crown is much more narrow and pointed.

    Evergreen with sharp, pointed needles that have a rich sweet smell. The juvenile cones are purple tinged before ripening to a brown colour.

    A very attractive species with a slender columnar habit that is ideal for parkland planting.

  • Lonicera periclymenum - Honeysuckle

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    Lonicera periclymenum - Honeysuckle is useful addition to a native hedgerow as it can easily scramble its way through the hedge, knitting everything together.

    Deciduous. The main interest beings is the trumpet like flowers which attract wildlife in their masses. The flowers are sweet in fragrance are rich in nectar and are particularly attractive to moths.

    Berries follow in the autumn which are eaten by birds who also use the dense branches as nesting sites.

    You don’t need many Honeysuckle in a hedge to make an impact. A ration fo around 5% of your total mixture is more than sufficient.

  • Fagus sylvatica atropurpurea - Copper Beech

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    Fagus sylvatica atropurpurea - Copper Beech is a vibrant and stunning variety of Beech that forms a very large specimen tree in a parkland setting. Very eye catching and perfectly suited for hedge planting either on its own or mixed with Green Beech.

    Smooth, silver grey bark. Deep purple leaves in the Spring and Summer turning yellow then copper in autumn. The leaves are retained on the plant during the winter if the plant is maintained as a hedge. If you are comparing Beech or Hornbeam for hedging and you have damp soil and or you are in a cold exposed area then we would suggest using Hornbeam.

  • Picea meyeri - Meyer's Spruce

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    Picea meyeri - Meyer's Spruce is a beautiful and versatile evergreen conifer that is native to China but grows well in the UK.

    Its tapered conical shape, bluish green needle colour and excellent needle retention make it ideal for Christmas tree production but equally it is a good choice for windbreaks and adding interest to shelterbelts.


    Considered to be very disease resistant.