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Native Broad-leaved Tree Planting


The choice of trees to be planted on a site depends on soil types, drainage and space available for planting.

Relative low water demand (more suitable for locations with restricted space):

  • Birch species (Betula spp.)

  • Elder (Sambucus nigra)

  • Hazel (Corylus avellana)

  • Holly (Ilex europaea)

  • Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Moderate relative water demand (more suitable for medium-sized gardens)

  • Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

  • Crab apple (Malus sylvestris)

  • Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)

  • Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

  • Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

  • Cherry (Prunus avium)

  • Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

  • Lime (Tilia spp.)

  • Field maple (Acer campestre)

  • Mountain ash (Sorbus spp.)

  • Pear (Pyrus spp.)

  • Plum (Prunus domestica)

  • Walnut (Juglans regia)

Relative high water demand (species with a tendency to grow large, excellent ecological value for wildlife and suitable for large spaces):

  • Oak (Quercus robur)

  • Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

  • Willow (Salix spp.)

  • Poplar (Populus spp.)


Native, broad-leaved trees have high ecological value in their own right and once mature can provide habitat for range of common invertebrates, small mammals, birds and bats.

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