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  • Ireland's top 5 native trees | Hedging.ie
    relatively good drainage Its root system is not intrusive so therefore it can be planted relatively close to developments etc Its catkins contain seed which can be eaten by birds and wildlife in the winter months Silver birch is often used in gardens because of the striking colour from is silver bark in the winter months Growth rate is between 1 2 feet per year Mountain Ash Sorbus Aucuparia The Mountain Ash tree or more commonly known in Ireland as the rowan tree is widely seen around the Irish countryside Like the birch it too grows in an upright manner and doesn t encroach on neighbouring developments etc It is often seen on hill sides as it will tolerate poor soil conditions Its creamy white flowers turn to bright red berries in the autumn therefore providing lots of food for the birds The leaves turn yellow and red in the autumn and give it great autumn colour Like the silver Birch it is often used in gardens due to its compact growing nature Growth rate is between 9 inches to 1ft per year Ash Fraxinus Excelsior Ash is probably the most common tree you will see when travelling through the Irish countryside especially on ditches as it has a habit of suckering when cut back This means it sends out several new shoots from the one cut stem It tolerates most soil conditions but like most trees it thrives best on good free draining soil Its timber is used in a wide variety of applications form Hurley making to furniture making There is a disease that came in from Europe called ash dieback affecting ash trees in Ireland This is being carefully monitored by the relevant authorities Growth rate 2 3ft per year Oak Querqus Robur Oak is probably the

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  • Best Trees to Grow in Ireland | Hedging.ie
    and also wet soil conditions The Silver birch needs relatively good drainage Its root system is not intrusive so therefore ic can be planted relatively close to developments etc Its catkins contain seed which can be eaten by birds and wildlife in the winter months Silver birch is often used in gardens because of the sriking colour from is silver bark in the winter months Growth rate is between 1 2 feet per year Mountain Ash Sorbus Aucuparia The Mountain Ash tree or more commonly known in Ireland as the rowan tree is widely seen around the Irish countryside Like the birch it too grows in an upright manner and doesn t encroach on neighbouring developments etc It is often seen on hill sides as it will tolerate poor soil conditions Its creamy white flowers turn to bright red berries in the autumn therefore providing lots of food for the birds The leaves turn yellow and red in the autumn therefore giving it great autumn colour Like the silver Birch it is often used in gardens due to its compact growing nature Growth rate is between 9 inches to 1ft per year Scots pine Pinus Sylvestris Scots pine is a native evergreen tree that is normally grown for its timber but can work quite well as a shelter tree They are normally mixed in a shelter block with other deciduous shelter belt trees rather than used as a shelter belt They grow at a fairly fast growth rate therefore providing excellent evergreen shelter It also provides visual shelter Growth rate 2 3ft per year Oak Querqus Robur Oak is probably the most commonly known native tree as at one time Ireland was covered in Oak But due to lifetimes of harvesting there are very few natural Oak woods left The

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  • Beech & Laurel: Ireland's Favourite Hedges | Hedging.ie
    per year to keep it tidy whereas laurel needs a couple of trimmings as it is very vigerous Beech is propagated from seed Beech is available in both green beech and copper beech Copper beech is the same as green beech but has a purple leaf Because beech is a deciduous hedge it is more beneficial to wildlife for nesting shelter etc Growth rate is about 12 inches per year Planting rate is 3 to the metre in a single row or 4 to the metre in a double row staggered Laurel Prunus Laurocerasus Laurel is a fast growing dense evergreen hedge with a large distinctive green leaf It tolerates most soil conditions and will also grow in under the shade of trees and walls etc It will also tolerate extreme wind conditions and also extremes of heat and cold Laurel can be propagated from cuttings and sometimes from seed Laurel is a far thicker hedge than beech so therefore there is no way you will see through it winter or summer Laurel also provides excellent cover against noise pollution so therefore is suitable for planting beside busy roads Laurel is also very tolerant of dirt pollution e g splash from cars and lories etc Growth rate is between 12 and 24 inches per year Planting rate is 3 to the metre in a single row These in my opinion are the two most popular hedges now being planted in Ireland They provide dense fast growing hardy hedges that if planted at the correct rate per metre and cared for the first three years weed control etc should provide optimum privacy Previous Post Next Post About The Author Adrian Byrne NC NDip Horticulture All about hedging and trees planting care and maintenance advice as well as celebrating their many benefits

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  • 5 best types of hedging for shelter | Hedging.ie
    of heat and cold It will grow on average at a rate of between 12 and 24 inches per year Beech Fagus Sylvatica Beech is a deciduous hedge that actually holds onto the dead leaf for the winter so if planted a proper rate per yard will provide excellent privacy It s the new leaf in the spring actually shoves off the old leaf so you are provided with privacy all year round Beech is available in both green beech and copper beech Growth rate is about 12 inches per year Griselenia Griselenia Littoralis Griselenia is also a fast growing dense coastal evergreen hedge that provides excellent privacy all year round It has a fairly small oval lime green leaf It will not tolerate extreme weather conditions so there should not be planted any more than five miles inland from the coast Growth rate is about 12 inches per year Privet Ligustrum Ovalofolium Privet hedging is an evergreen vigorous hedge that is often used for privacy It has a small leaf and grows at a strong rate in most conditions It is extremely frost hardy Its evergreen in most situations but in extreme cold conditions can lose some of its leaves Green privet and golden privet are available Growth rate is 12 to 18 inches per year Whitethorn Crataegus Monogyna Whitethorn also known as hawthorn hedging is a deciduous hedge that is mostly used in agricultural applications to provide field boundaries and to provide stock proof hedging It can provide good privacy along roadside boundaries when planted thickly enough It has a small green leaf with white flowers in spring and clusters of red berries in the autumn Its also very thorny Growth rate is 12 to 36 inches per year These in my opinion are the best five hedging

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