List Updated On: 24/07/2021

At present we have, 44 Plants Suitable for Windbreaks and Hedges.
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Baccharis patagonica
'Romerillo' (Asteraceae) Tough customer growing wild on Tierra del Fuego, Has no great beauty of flower but has a good dense, glossy, small & hard deep green evergreen foliage on red-flushed young stems with a stiff upright bushy habit. Can be used as coastal hedging. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea
(Berberidaceae) Deciduous spiny stemmed upright growing stems with rich purple round leaves colouring red in autumn. small soft yellow flowers in early spring, small purple-black berries in late summer/autumn. 1.5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (3)
Shrub   1L  -  £4.50
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Brachyglottis rotundifolia
Syn. Senecio renoldii 'Muttonbird shrub' (Asteraceae) One of the most salt wind tolerant shrubs, it makes a large solid bush in even the most exposed places. The large thick round evergreen emerald green leaves are like boot leather. Great for solid coastal windbreaks. A common wild plant on Stewart Island at the bottom of New Zealand, people used to send postcards written on it's leaves from there. The common name 'muttonbird shrub' really refers to the habitat type it often occupies in the wild; where it is the co-dominant species along with Dracophyllum longifolium under which 'muttonbirds' (Sooty Shearwater) have their burrows. 2-3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Buddleja davidii 'Nanho Blue'
Syn. B. Nanho Blue 'Butterfly bush' (Scrophulariaceae) Narrow mauve-blue tight & quite columnar fragrant flower heads in mid summer. Narrow and smaller than normal for B. davidii greyed foliage. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (5)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Buddleja globosa 'Cally Orange'
'Orange ball tree' (Scrophulariaceae) Vigorous large shrub with fragrant balls of orange-yellow flowers in early summer, this form has larger richer-coloured flowers than the typically encountered form. Unlike Buddleja davidii it dislikes heavy pruning. 3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (7)
Shrub   3L  -  £8.50
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Chiliotrichum diffusum
'Fachine' (Asteraceae) A bushy shrub from southern South America & the Falkland Islands (where it is the tallest native woody plant), closely related to Olearia with narrow grey-green leaves & many white daisy flowers with soft yellow eyes in early summer. 1.5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (7)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Corokia x virgata 'Frosted Chocolate'
(Argophyllaceae) New Zealand evergreen shrub with dense knotty silver stems that age black with chocolaty coloured leaves frosted with silvery hairs when young & silver on the back & with small yellow flowers in mid summer. 1.4m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Corokia x virgata 'Limey'
(Argophyllaceae) Evergreen shrub from New Zealand, narrow glossy lime green leaves with matt silver-white backs. Lots of small yellow flowers in early summer and wee brown-red berries. Clips well into a compact hedge. 1.5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   4L  -  £12.00
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Cotoneaster floccosus
(Rosaceae) Small evergreen tree, or with pruning large shrub, with a gracefuly arching stems. Narrow emerald green leaves, white flowers in early summer followed by orange-red berries in late summer and autumn. 4m
Cultural preferences: HZ (6)
Shrub   3L  -  £8.50
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Escallonia 'Red Elf'
(Escalloniaceae) Compact form with masses of deep crimson flowers in early to midsummer held singularly amongst the small leaves. Useful for making into shorter hedges. 1.2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Escallonia Pink Elle
(Escalloniaceae) New compact, smaller growing form of the popular coastal evergreen shrub. Showy big mid pink blunt cones of flowers in summer. 1m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £8.00
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Escallonia rubra 'Crimson Spire'
(Escalloniaceae) Probably the best & toughest Escallonia variety for hedging by the sea. As the name suggests, redder flowers and a more upright growth habit than the normal E. rubra var. macrantha, but equally vigorous. 3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   1L  -  £4.50
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Escallonia rubra var. macrantha
(Escalloniaceae) One of the stalwarts of maritime protection originating from the Isle of Chiolé off Chile, pinky-red flowers & glossy dark green leaves. Widely used for coastal hedging it tends to grow outwards as much as upwards so needs plenty of pruning. 3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Fuchsia 'Riccartonii'
'Wild Fuchsia' (Onagraceae) Justifiably the most common hardy Fuchsia. Rather rounded scarlet sepals, dark purple narrow corolla. Excellent & very frost hardy deciduous shrub, good for coastal hedging. Dumpier flowers than F. magellanica. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (6)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Fuchsia magellanica
(Onagraceae) The common 'Wild Fuchsia', tough vigorous deciduous shrub which produces an endless succession of graceful slender hanging blooms of purple & red, beloved of many pollinators. Fine hedging plant in coastal districts. Prune hard in early spring. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (7)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Fuchsia magellanica 'Lady Bacon'
(Onagraceae) Smaller growing, very hardy deciduous Fuchsia with small leaves and striking slender flowers with a white calyx and a plumy pink corolla produced all summer. A really good plant & apparently hardier than plain old F. magellanica. 1.2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (7)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Griselinia littoralis
'Papauma' / 'Kapuka' (Griseliniaceae) Lush apple-green leaves on strong fast growing plants. Makes an excellent quick growing and uniform evergreen hedge on all but the most exposed of coasts. If left un-clipped it can make a large spreading tree. 3m/10m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Griselinia littoralis 'Brodick Gold'
(Griseliniaceae) A variegated Griselinia, with a large pale cream splash in the middle of the leaf & an apple-green margin. Large evergreen shrub much used in West Coast gardens. 3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £8.00
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Hebe Hybrid large growing Long Pale Purple Inflorescens
(Plantaginaceae) An as yet un-named seedling we found in our garden. We believe it is a hybrid between Hebe 'Great Orme' and a large leaved form of H. salicifolia. It grows into a large upright evergreen shrub with very long horizontal pale purple inflorescens in July and August. 2.5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   4L  -  £10.00
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Hebe John Collier
(Plantaginaceae) Vigorous very salt tolerant Hebe with rounded leaves & short open spikes of pink flowers in mid summer. We originally got this plant of unknown origin from the late John Collier a customer & Hebe enthusiast from Lewis, it contains some H. eliptica blood. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Hebe stenophylla 'White Lady'
Syn. H. parviflora var. angustifolia 'W.L.' (Plantaginaceae) A very good large shrub with attractive very narrow leaves that will reliably put on a good show in mid-late summer of hundreds of neat tight narrow spears of white flowers. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   3L  -  £8.50
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Ilex x meserveae Blue Angel
'Blue holly' (Aquifoliaceae) Female holly with compact habit, dark purple stems & flatter less spiny leaves than wild holy. A male plant is not supposed to be required for the purple-red berries to form for this variety, though we haven't tested this. 5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (5)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Leptospermum scoparium 'Martinii'
'Red manuka' / 'Red tea tree' (Myrtaceae) Vigorous evergreen large bush with small narrow dark leaves with grey silky hairs & masses of two-tone 2cm flowers, emerging pink & darkening red produced in early summer. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (9)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia 'Moondance'
(Asteraceae) A variegated selection of Olearia arborescens with an irregular cream margin to the evergreen rounded pale green leaf. Masses of scented white daisy flowers in broad heads in late spring and early summer. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia 'Talbot de Malahide'
Syn. O. albida hort. (Asteraceae) An O.avicenniifolia hybrid with leaves that remind me of mature Holm Oak (Quercus cerris) though larger & with white daisy flowers in late summer. Good large evergreen shrub for coastal gardens or hedging. Named for an Irish Australasian plant enthusiast. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   3L  -  £8.50
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Olearia arborescens
(Asteraceae) An excellent shrub for coastal situations. The foliage is similar to O. macrodonta, though not as rigid & with hardly any toothing. The sweetly fragrant flowers make a mass of white in late spring & early summer, among the first Kiwi species to flower. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia Hybrid (rani Hilliers)
(Asteraceae) An attractive tight & very bushy unnamed Olearia hybrid with grey-green elliptic leaves with wavy margins & sweetly scented white & yellow daisies in late spring. It's tight habit makes this a good hedging subject. 1.75m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   1L  -  £4.50
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Olearia lineata 'Dartonii'
Syn. O. virgata var. l. 'D.' (Asteraceae) Slender erect branches & very narrow pale pea green leaves, inconspicuous sweet smelling flowers in mid summer. Looks a bit like an upright evergreen willow, grows very rapidly & highly adaptable. Excellent for quick coastal shelter planting. 4m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia lineata 'Dartonii' x macrodonta 'Major'
(Asteraceae) A white flowered, narrow-leaved twiggy evergreen shrub, great for coastal gardens. A seedling we found in our Nursery between two of the best plants for shelter planting in exposed sites. 3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia macrodonta 'Major'
'Arorangi' / 'New Zealand holly' (Asteraceae) Leathery grey-green leaves with wavy teeth on the margins. Masses of sweetly scented white daisies in June. We use this vigorous, tough plant more than any other for shelter planting by the sea. 3m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.00
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Olearia phlogopappa 'Sawtooth'
(Asteraceae) Very distinct form with buff indumentum beneath the stiff sharply toothed leaves & vigorous upright shoots with pithy centres. Small white daisies with a purple tinted yellow eye. Introduced by us from a form growing on the south coast of Tasmania. 1.75m
Cultural preferences: HZ (9)
Shrub   2L  -  £8.00
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Olearia solandri
(Asteraceae) Compact small-leaved shrub with greenish-yellow shoots, white star-like flowers in autumn. Gives off a lovely atmosphere of marzipan scent when in flower & on cold winter days. From exposed coastal scrub in New Zealand. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia traversiorum
'Chatham Island ake ake' (Asteraceae) One of the most wind tolerant trees or large shrubs on the planet. Rounded shiny green opposite leaves which are silver-white beneath. Fast growing, clips into a large hedge & can be grown in pure sand! In open structured soils cut-back fast-rowing upright shrubs after a year to firm them up To 6m
Cultural preferences: HZ (9)
Shrub   1L  -  £4.50
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Olearia virgata narrower leafed form
(Asteraceae) Upright wiry silky black stems with opposite axils baring clusters of three deciduous 2cm long oblanceolate olive green leaves silky silver below. Tiny lightly scented ivory flowers in late summer. Good dense twiggy screening plant. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia x mollis 'Zennorensis'
(Asteraceae) One of the best large evergreen foliage plants, stiff long narrow leaves (from O. lacunosa) grey-green above, buff below with small blunt toothing (from O. illicifolia). Zennor was the garden of W. Arnold-Forster near Lands End. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £8.00
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Olearia x oleifolia 'Oleifolia'
Syn. O. 'Waikariensis' misapplied (Asteraceae) Dusty leaden grey leaves with white backs, many white daisies above the foliage in summer. One of the most garden worthy Olearias, tough & looks good year-round. Useful for lower coastal hedges. 1.2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Olearia x scilloniensis
(Asteraceae) One of the best flowering of the genus, a vigorous plant with an upright habit, masses of white flowers in late spring. Use as a spectacular quick hedge in milder, moderately sheltered sites. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   1L  -  £4.50
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Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius
(Asteraceae) Grey-felted branches green leaves, flowers white, crimson in bud produced in summer. A quick growing upright shrub hailing from wet sub-alpine heaths in SE Australia & Tasmanian but is adaptable to soil drainage & performs very well by the sea. 2.5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   3L  -  £8.50
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Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius Coastal form
(Asteraceae) Upright evergreen Tasmanian shrub from stony coasts. Differs from the more normal bog-loving form in having slender shoots with longer, much thinner and greyer foliage and fuller heads of off white flowers though without such rich bud colouration. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   3L  -  £8.50
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Ozothamnus vauvilliersii
Syn. Cassinia / Helichrysum v. 'Tauhinu' (Asteraceae) Dense small rounded, glossy green evergreen leaves & tight heads of white candytuft flowers from red buds in late summer. Very tough & adaptable NZ bush, it is to be found as far south as Auckland Island in the Sub-Antarctic. 1m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Pittosporum tenuifolium hybrids
'Kohuhu' (Pittosporaceae) Small evergreen trees with wavy edged glossy emerald green leaves with red-black young shoots, dark smooth mature bark & small maroon flowers in the leaf axils in late spring. May be pruned as a hedge. 5-9m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   9cm  -  £2.50
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Tasmannia lanceolata male
Syn. Drimys l. 'Tasmanian pepper bush' (Winteraceae) Evergreen shrub or small tree with dark foliage & red stems. These are male plants which are required to pollinate a female for berries. The exceedingly numerous flowers of the male are more attractive due to their pale yellow stamens. 2.5m
Cultural preferences: HZ (8)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Ulex europaeus 'Flore Pleno'
'Double gorse' (Fabaceae) Exactly like the wild whin, only the coconut-scented flowers in early spring are double. Being double gives the bonus that it won't seed all over the place. Good as a quick impenetrable hedge on poor ground. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (5)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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Weigela 'Florida Variegata'
(Caprifoliaceae) Popular deciduous variegated shrub, cream and pale green foliage accompanied by pale pink tubular flowers in early summer. Easy and hardy. 2m
Cultural preferences: HZ (5)
Shrub   2L  -  £7.50
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