European Beech, is deservedly considered a classic plant for hedging and is popular throughout the country which is why they grow so well in most conditions and soil types that we have. Easy to maintain, long-lasting and happy in any well-drained soil (including chalk) and most locations, its fame really rests on its foliage. Every spring it throws out new green foliage which turns to a coppery brown in autumn but, crucially, stays on the plant until next year’s leaves start to appear (a process called marcescence). A beech hedge therefore offers attractive, year-round screening and, for a while, stunning dual-coloured foliage.
To produce a dense hedge as quickly as possible, plant beech in a double row using container grown plants as is slow to establish.
Initially, beech plants can be slow to establish but after 2 years they’ll begin to grow much quicker; if they’re pot grown. At Hedge Xpress we only sell pot grown hedging. This will mean that, as long as their handled correctly, there should be no failures when they’re planted. Something that will save you from having to fill any gaps later down the line.