Beech - Green

Fagus sylvatica hedging

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Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is the classic native hedging plant. It is well know for its superb foliage of delicate fluttery leaves which are initially a gentle soft golden green, then turning bright green and finally coppery meaning your garden will benefit from seasonal colours.

Beech is the ideal hedging plant to provide seasonal colour and year-round interest. Fagus sylvatica is technically a deciduous hedging plant however it tends to keep some leaves throughout the year. The green wavy edged leaves will turn to a crisp coppery effect in the autumn and winter and the majority of these tend to stay on until the new growth pushes through in spring.

Beech is part of our native hedging range and it is relatively fast growing so it does need pruning in late summer/ early autumn, pruning this time of year also gives your beech hedging the best chance of holding onto its winter leaves. 

Beech would form what we call a formal hedge but it can be planted amongst other native hedging plants due to its wonderful wildlife attributes and its winter colouring. For a healthy beech hedge, it is best grown in sun or partial shade and it suits any well drained soil, however, it is not suitable for heavy clay or wet sites. For alternative native hedging plants, please see our range here

Please also see another one of our colourful hedging plants, Purple (Copper) Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'). 

More Information

  • Berry Colour None
  • Deciduous Yes
  • Semi Evergreen Yes
  • Evergreen No
  • Flower Colour None
  • Grows Up To 5m
  • Has Berries No
  • Is Edible No
  • Is Native Yes
  • Intruder Proof No
  • Privacy Hedge Yes
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.

1. Select Root Type

Bare Root 

Bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the planting season but they can be pre-ordered in summer to guarantee your stock. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options and the cheapest way to plant a hedge.

Root Ball 

Root ball plants are also seasonal stock as they can only be lifted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). These plants are scooped out of the ground like an ice-cream using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks.  They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly. Root ball hedging plants give an instant effect and are a cheaper alternative to instant trough grown hedging. 

Pot Grown 

Pot grown plants can be planted year round and they are our mose convenient option of hedging plants. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements. From small 2L shrubs to large 15L extra tall hedging, there will be a pot grown plant for any garden type. 

Instant Hedging 

Our Instant Hedging is grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season to create a dramatic, instant hedge effect. If you are looking for a quick fix or an instant impact, Instant Trough Grown hedging is the solution for you. 

2. Select Size & Quantity:

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  • Beech 40/60cm 2L Pot Grown
    Beech 40/60cm 2L Pot Grown
    40/60cm
    2L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £7.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
  • Beech 60/90cm 2L Pot Grown
    Beech 60/90cm 2L Pot Grown
    60/90cm
    2L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £10.00
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
  • Beech 80/100cm 3L pot
    (Fagus Sylvatica) Beech 80/100cm 3L pot
    80/100cm
    3L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £13.99
    Planting Density:
    3 to 5 per metre
  • Beech (Fagus sylvatica) 90-120cm 5L
    Beech (Fagus sylvatica) 90-120cm 5L
    90/120cm
    5L Pot Pot Grown
    Price £25.00
    Planting Density:
    3 to 4 per metre
  • Beech 16L 80/100cm 1 Metre Trough
    Beech 16L 80/100cm 1 Metre Trough
    80/100cm 1m Trough
    1m Trough Instant Hedging
    Price £139.99
    Planting Density:
    1 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Beech 80 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Beech 80 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    80x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £160.00
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

  • Beech 120 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    Beech 120 x 50 x 50cm Instant Hedging Element
    120x50x50cm
    Element Instant Hedging
    Price £179.99
    Planting Density:
    2 per metre
    Pallet Delivery - min. Order

    This product requires a pallet delivery which is £30 or free on orders over £300.

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More Information
Berry ColourNone
DeciduousYes
Semi EvergreenYes
EvergreenNo
Flower ColourNone
Grows Up To5m
Has BerriesNo
Is EdibleNo
Is NativeYes
Intruder ProofNo
Privacy HedgeYes

Delivery Information

  • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
  • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-7 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
  • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
  • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
  • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
  • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man, but the delivery cost will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on

For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £300 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £300 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

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