Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) instant hedging, is a native plant to the British isles. If left to grow it forms a stunning and impressive tree, but with regular clipping it can also form an impressive and compact hedge. The leaves are green during the spring and summer and turn to a beautiful burnished copper during the winter. Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) instant hedging is unusual in that it holds these dead leaves on the branches over the winter until they are pushed off by the new leaves coming though in the spring,
As long as you avoid heavy clay soil and very wet soil, Beech will grow in a wide range of soil types, but is particularly suitable for chalky soils and shallow soils over Limestone.
The Guinness World Records notes that the tallest beech hedge on earth is the Meikleour beech hedge in Scotland standing at 30 metres tall and 530 metres long and was planted in 1745.
Green beech got an Award of Garden merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1984.
|ASPECT||Coast Exposed||Coast Sheltered||Inland Exposed||Inland Sheltered||Heavy Shade|
|HEIGHT||Less then 1m||1-2.5m||2.5-5m||Over 5m|
|SOIL||Heavy Clay||Medium Loam||Light Sandy||Peat||Acid||Alkaline||Poorly Drained|
|HARDINESS||Hardy to -10°C||Hardy to below -10°C||GROWTH RATE||60cm per year|