Beech Hedging Plants for Sale

Bareroot Beech Hedge Plants & Sapling Trees

Beech, Fagus sylvatica, is one of the best loved hedging plants in the UK. Both green and copper beech grow in most soils and reasonably sunny locations, apart from wet sites. Beech is usually used for formal hedging, but it also makes a wonderful stock proof hedge, often planted on top of bunds and Devon banks, where it loves the good drainage and light. Beech is livestock friendly, making it ideal for stables, studs and the like. 

If your site is prone to waterlogging and/or shady, then we recommend Hornbeam as the closest replacement. Alternatively, take a look at the rest of our hedge plants.

  • Uses: Formal and stock-friendly hedges from 100 cms upwards.
  • Good Points: Native, holds leaves in winter, clips beautifully.
  • Position: Anywhere there is drainage and light.

Looking for a larger beech tree, rather than hedge plant sizes? We also sell Green & Purple Beech trees in standard sizes.

Beech FAQ's

There are more detailed answers in the advice section of this site, but here are some concise answers to the questions most usually asked about beech hedges:

Which colour Beech hedging is best?

Copper is more dramatic, more expensive and probably adds more value. Green is an easier backdrop for flower beds and so more versatile. Both colours hold their leaves equally well.

What planting density should I use?

Unless you need a stockproof hedge, plant at 3 plants per metre in a single row, one plant every 33cms. For a stock-proof hedge, planting will need to be in 2 staggered rows, each row with 3 plants per metre and with 40 cms between rows.

What size plants do I need?

The smaller the plant you start with, the denser the hedge you can get, especially at the base, as you are able to clip more frequently and carefully in its formative years than any large commercial grower can. However, the price you pay is waiting a bit longer. So, 40-80cms for the patient gardener and 80-150cms for those of us with less time.

How do I plant a bareroot beech hedge?

It depends on the size of the plant you buy. Slit planting is used for 40-80cms tall plants, follow the instructions in our video on how to plant a country hedge. You will need spirals and canes if you have rabbits around. The larger sizes will need trench planting, have a look at our video on formal hedge planting. Bigger plants are less attractive to rabbits, so it is your call whether you use spirals. Irrespective of size, we always recommend using Rootgrow. Water well after planting and make sure the soil does not dry out in the first summer. Keep the ground under your new hedge clear of weeds until the plants cast enough shade to prevent weed growth themselves. For more detailed notes, apart from watching the videos mentioned, have a look at our comprehensive advice on how to plant a beech hedge

How fast does beech grow?

Beech is not the fastest growing hedge. It will take a year to settle in, during which time you will only see a little growth. After that, if left untrimmed, it grows at about 30cms a year. The more you trim it, the less its height will increase each year, and the bushier it gets. So, there is a balance to be struck and aiming for 15-20cms in the early years is about right.

Beech hedge pruning

If you were patient and trimmed it regularly in the early years, your beech hedge should not need more than a clip twice a year for the next 40-50 years. Come back and ask us what to do then! However, if your hedge is badly overgrown or poorly shaped then you may need to read our notes on remedial pruning.

How big does a beech hedge grow?

It is pretty much up to you. You can keep beech growing quite happily in a hedge only 100cms tall. If you want something taller, then the other extreme is a hedge 30 metres tall: the tallest hedge in the world. There is only one of those, but it is possible...

Green Beech Hedge

Bareroot Beech Hedge Plants for Sale

You can buy Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) singly in a wide range of sizes to suit every purpose and pocket, and we also sell green beech in discounted packs of 50 in the larger sizes.

All our beech is covered by our no-quibble Guarantee, which means you can order with complete confidence. Best advice & friendly support throughout. 

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  1. Fagus sylvatica purpurea

    30-175cms Hedge Plants
    • Final Height: 1m to very tall
    • Soil: well drained
    • Use: Formal/Native
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Double row: 5/m
    • Colour: purple
    From £2.88  Inc VAT

  2. Fagus sylvatica

    30-175cms Hedge Plants
    • Hedge: 1m to very tall
    • Soil: Any fertile & well drained.
    • Use: Formal/Native
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Colour: green/brown
    • Great to add structure
    • RHS AGM
    From £1.44  Inc VAT

  3. Economy Fagus sylvatica

    40-175cms Hedge Plants
    • Needs good drainage.
    • Holds leaves in winter.
    • Classic Formal hedging
    • RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Bareroot Delivery: Nov-April
    From £58.50  Inc VAT


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