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Trees and shrubs for windy sites

Trees can be of real benefit to windy and exposed sites, and can be more effective than solid walls and fences in reducing the effects of wind and gales. As an example of their effectiveness, deciduous trees and hedges can help slow down swift winds and offer shelter over a distance that is two to three times their vertical height. These trees and hedges will also help create shelter for the less resilient, more vulnerable plants in your garden, such as herbaceous perennials or vegetables. This year we have seen strong winter gales but even in normal conditions some sites are more exposed than others. Below is a selection wind tolerant trees and hedges for you to consider.

Conifers are likewise hardy, and can help protect from strong winds. Here a few examples of conifers suitable for sites exposed to the toughest winds:

                Cupressus x leylandii

                Juniperus - Juniper

                Larix – Larch

                Pinus - Pines

                Taxus – Yew

                Thuja – Western Red Cedar

Finally, here are some shrubs to consider:

                Cornus - dogwood

                Elaeagnus - Oleaster

                Euonymus – spindle

                Prunus spinosa – blackthorn

If you'd like any extra help picking out an appropriate tree or shrub for your garden, do not hesitate to contact English Woodlands at any time, as we are more than willing to advise on which trees are the most suitable for your site.

 

 

 

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