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Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech) Instant Hedging

Fagus sylvatica


£292.74 Per Plant £243.95 Per Plant

The Common Beech is very popular as a standalone specimen and make great alternatives to fences or walls when grown as hedges. They are majestic looking, with thick branches and smooth grey bark. It’s has large glossy green leaves and small flowers, as well as producing nuts that ripen in the autumn and attract plenty of small animals. They will grow perfectly well in either sun or partial shade and thrive on almost any well-drained soil. Common Beech forms a fantastically dense windbreak hedge.

Please note that troughs will incur a £55 delivery charge.

Fagus sylvatica instant hedge (Common Beech)
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Sold in packs and available all year round. For more information please click on the different tabs above.

Up to 5 working days delivery

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Per Bundle
Type 1m Trough, 40cm wide Height 200cm Age 1 Year Old Delivery 5 Days Plants Per Bundle 1 1+ £299.94 £249.95 (£249.95 Per Plant) (£299.94 Per Plant) 2+ £297.54 £247.95 (£297.54 Per Plant) (£247.95 Per Plant) 3+ £295.14 £245.95 (£295.14 Per Plant) (£245.95 Per Plant) 4+ £292.74 £243.95 (£292.74 Per Plant) (£243.95 Per Plant)
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Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech) is a large and fast-growing deciduous native plant with yellow-green leaves in spring, turning rich russet-brown in autumn. The grey bark is slightly rippled. Produces small, green flowers, followed by bristly fruits. Mature hedges can become very wide, improving their ability to slow the wind and muffle noise. Clipping mature hedging in midsummer helps the beech hold onto it autumn leaves for longer, giving the privacy of an evergreen.
Our hedgebags are 1m in length which make it very simple to calculate how many are required rather than working out how many individual plants are needed. Hedgebags provide these Beech with additional root space than our 1m length troughs which means the plants are more established and even better quality.

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Weight (kg)1.0000
Hardiness RatingH6
Foliage Colour (Main Interest)Green
Flower ColourGreen
HabitSpreading / Branched
Ultimate Height15m
Ultimate Spread12m
Time to Ultimate Height (years)20 - 50 Years
Rate of Growth (per year)Fast (40cm )
Soil MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Skill RatingBeginner
AvailabilityJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Amount of SunlightFull Sun, Partial Shade
Weather ExposureExposed, Sheltered
AspectNorth-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing
Other FeaturesFoliage turns brown and orange in Autumn.
Delivery TimeWithin 5 Working Days

Ground Preparation

Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:

       • Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage

       • Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)

       • Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime

       • Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test

       • Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice

If soils are waterlogged over winter consider installing drainage, or an alternative is to plant on a slight mound, about 25-30cm (10-12in) high and 1m (39in) in diameter. Excess moisture can kill the finer roots, which become blackened and sour smelling. Wet roots are more susceptible to disease, especially Phytophthora.

How to Plant your Tree or Shrub

       • Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee)

       • Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.

        If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting

       • With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface. 

        Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets

       • When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.

        There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.

    How Much Watering to do Once Planted

    One of the most common problems with newly-planted trees and shrubs is drought stress, even during the mildest of our summers the rainfall will not normally replenish the soil with the necessary water the trees need to survive. During the establishment stage it is very important to ensure that the soil around the roots is moist at all times.

    Weeding Advice

    Weeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem. Keep the circle weed free through hoeing or use of contact or systemic weed killers. Laying mulch over this circle is also helpful, although take care to leave a collar of 10cm (4in) around the woody stems that is free of mulch, to prevent the risk of rotting the tree bark.

    Staking your Plant

    Where possible trees and shrubs should be staked as soon as they are planted, this is to prevent wind rock, and the movement of the roots. Most plants will take a couple of growing seasons to become fully anchored in the soil. The stakes should be checked regularly and any that are damaged or not fully supporting the plant should be replaced.

    Container and Pot Planting Guidelines

    Container plants are available to purchase all year round and can be planted anytime throughout the year too, however, late autumn and early spring are the ideal times to plant as the roots have more time to grow before the stresses of new foliage growth and high temperatures occur. Plants can be kept in pots for months if there is a delay in planting, as long as they are well fed and watered. Larger pots will have bigger and more developed root systems making them suitable for an almost instant hedge row. Potted plants are especially advantagous as their root systems are in tact and protected within their container, promoting fast establishment and immediate growth once planted, unlike other forms such as bare root and root ball where inevitably there is some root damage when theyre lifted.

     How to Plant

    Dig your hole as deep as the root system of the pot and around three times the width. Widening the planting hole allows for enhanced plant growth by improving soil aeration and reducing compaction.

    Always water the plants thoroughly before planting. Tap the base of the container to remove the plant and root ball. Loosen the soil and untangle the roots if they appear too compact. Always handle the plant by the root ball, not by the stem or trunk.

    Refill the hole with soil that you originally removed for planting. Fill in around the plant until the hole is around one-third full. Break up any large clod of soil before back filling. Level the plant so it is standing straight in the ground and is planted at the correct depth.

    Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants. A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or create a wind break or shelter.

    There is no cut and dry rule when it comes to planting density due to the amount of differences in the characteristics of plants. There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge.

    Please refer to our run down of recommended planting distances for Potted Plants:

    Pot Size Recommended Planting Density
    9cm - 3 litre pots 3-5 per metre for a single row
    9cm - 3 litre pots 5-7 per metre for a double row
    5 litre pots 3 per metre for a single row
    5 litre pots 5 per metre for a double row
    10-15 litre pots 1-2 per metre
    15 litre pots + 1 per metre


    Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.

    Hedge Nursery is the exclusive grower of Royal Horticultural Society Endorsed Hedging plants. Our hedging plants are licensed by the RHS as they are of the highest quality grown under expert nurserymen, with known seed provenance, and because of our great low-input growing methods. Our extensive selection of first class plants ranges from great value bare rooted plants to mature hedging for an instant effect. 

    RHS Endorsed Hedging Plants