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Re: Tree novice

Message from Deirdre

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hi guys,

Thanks for your input! The reason I was researching the Goat's Willow was that I want to create a border/hedge around our house.

My main interest is in creating something that has alot of native plants and plants specifically to attract bees, butterflies and birds to the garden and also to screen the house from the road.

I am researching a number of plants but I find it very difficult to narrow my wish list down as each tree/bush can be beneficial in some way. Here are the plants I was thinking of:ESCALLONIA Donard Radiance
PYRACANTHA coccinea Red
PRUNUS spinosa
ILEX aquifolium
Common Dogwood Cornus Sanguinea
Common Privet Ligustrum Vulgare
Goat Willow Salix Caprea
Red berried elder sambucus racemosa
Butterfly bush buddleia davidii
Honeysuckle lonicera periclymenum
Alder Buckthorn Rhamnus Frangula
FAGUS sylvatica
Blackthorn Prunus Spinosa
Common Whitebeam Sorbus Aria

I know I can't incorporate everything into the hedge/border but I suppose it would be nice to have some colour or interest throughout the year. Any suggestions on what combinations would be nice from this lot?

I don't know what our soil type is, how could I find out?We are a few miles from the coast but it's not too exposed. Are there any of these plants that you wouldn't recommend for someone starting out?

Thanks a mill!

  • Posted: Wed. 11th January 2012 21:48

Re: Fagus sylvatica cubes

Message from Ornamental Tree Nurseries

In forum: Fagus sylvatica


The reasoning behind the expense of large topiary cubes are the years (and years and years) that go into creating them.

You could plant individual hedging plants at 12 inch intervals as a cheap alternative but it will never be a substitute for a topiary plant and wont give the same effect.

So in answer, 12 inch intervals at the closest for a cheap alternative but by no means a substitute.

Hope that helps.

Ornamental Tree Nurseries

  • Posted: Thu. 18th November 2010 08:43

Fagus sylvatica cubes

General post from Camilla Hiley

In forum: Fagus sylvatica

I was wanting to put in some Fagus sylvatica topiary cubes,approx 1.50 high x 1.00m x 1.00m, but client does not want to pay price for ready formed topiary. Would planting hedging plants of 1.00 high
closely together work, and what spacing would you recommend.

  • Posted: Wed. 17th November 2010 17:04

Re: Pruning Fagus Sylvatica 'Dawyk Purple'

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'

Hi, Christie,
The beauty of F. sylvatic, no matter what the cultivar, is they can be very happy shaped and pruned into hedges, etc so the ultimate size you want them to be is perfectly doable. Best time to shape them is late summer, preferable August. Prune this year if their branch structure is uneven or asymmetrical. If the branch structure is uniform, don't prune much since right now you want the plant to be full, lush & thick when leafed out.In the second year, correct misplaced shoots by heading back the longest branches to your desired height or spread. Cut at an angle, slightly above a leaf node or bud. By third year, taper the trees ever so slightlyas you go up to make sure the lower branches get sunlight ( I say this assuming they will be planted close to one another like a hedge - if not, this isn't truly necessary but can't hurt at all). Cut the leader when the trees have reached the desired height.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 30th June 2010 18:17

Pruning Fagus Sylvatica 'Dawyk Purple'

Question from Chrissy Spooner

In forum: Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'

I planted 3 of Fagus sylvatica Dawyk Purple this winter & want them to grow into 2m wide cylinders approx. 3m tall. How & when would I prune them to create this effect? I'm concerned about pruning the leader.

  • Posted: Wed. 30th June 2010 11:54

New Beech

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'

Hi, Andrea
It is perfectly normal for a newly planted tree to leaf out/bloom later than established trees. Your young tree is most likely still recovering from planting - making up for root damage/loss, loss of moisture, etc. As for Fagus sylvatica, I had to track the seasonal progress of an 'Asplenifolia' and a 'Riversii' back in my uni days. Both trees were mature, at least 30 years old. On both, the buds didn't swell until the very end of April, with leaves fully out by the second week of May. Given that, I would say your little guy probably just needs more time. If in a couple of weeks you are still concerned, you can give a few little tests to see if the tree is alive. First, test for branch/twig flexibility. Gently bend a twig, if it bends without snapping, it is a good sign the tree is still alive. Also, carefully scrape away the top layer of a very small section of 'bark' or twig surface. If you see a thin layer of green underneath, you are looking at a healthy cambium layer that transports food, etc. Green - it's alive, no green and I am afraid you will need a new tree.
If you want more info about what to expect with newly planted trees, I think this link is quite useful.
Good luck and let me know how your tree is fairing.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Thu. 30th April 2009 18:19