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.

Practical Ecology Ltd,

The Roost,

Bungay Road,

S. Norfolk,

IP21 4DT


01379 740098

Company No.: 7182990

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