At present we have, 52 Plants Suitable for Windbreaks and Hedges.
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Amelanchier canadensis
'June-berry' / 'Service-berry' (Rosaceae) Fine easy large shrub or small tree with masses of white flowers in spring, if the bullfinches haven't found it! It has excellent autumn colour. 3m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (4)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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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   2L   -   £7.00
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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 'Lochinch'
'Butterfly bush' (Scrophulariaceae) A Buddleja fallowiana & davidii hybrid that originated in Wigtownshire in the 1950s it has attractive grey foliage, white young growth & lilac-blue highly scented cones of flowers from mid to late summer. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (5)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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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   -   £7.00
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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   2L   -   £7.50
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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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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   4L   -   £10.00
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Cotoneaster salicifolius
(Rosaceae) Evergreen upright shrub. Mid green pointed leaves, white flowers in early summer and orange-red berries. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (6)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'
(Escalloniaceae) A lovely floriferous evergreen shrub & fine hedging plant, with dense pale green rounded leaves & mid pink broad petaled flowers white near the centre, rather like miniature apple blossom I suppose. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Escallonia 'Iveyi'
(Escalloniaceae) Named for the gardener who first discovered this plant as a seedling at Caerhays in Cornwall. It is an evergreen shrub of uncommon quality. Dark glossy green leaves & white flowers are arranged in pyramidal panicles at the end of branches in late summer. 3m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Escallonia 'Peach Blossom'
(Escalloniaceae) A lovely floriferous evergreen shrub and fine hedging plant, with dense pale green rounded leaves and two-toned peachy-pink flowers in summer. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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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   2L   -   £7.00
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Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'
(Onagraceae) This excellent large hardy Fuchsia has matt deep green leaves and flowers with green tipped white sepals and a palest pink corolla. 1.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (7)
Shrub   1.5L   -   £6.00
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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   -   £7.00
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Fuchsia 'Whiteknights Blush'
(Onagraceae) A fine large growing hardy magellanica hybrid. Pale and rosy pink flowers all summer, bright green deciduous foliage. 1.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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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   -   £7.00
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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   -   £7.00
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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   -   £7.50
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Hebe 'Great Orme'
(Plantaginaceae) Long spikes of long lasting deep pink flowers gradually fading to white in late summer & early autumn. A lovely large cultivar, deservedly popular & very free flowering, often compared to a Buddleja by our customers & popular with butterflies. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (9)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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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   -   £7.00
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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   -   £8.00
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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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Leptospermum scoparium var. scoparium
'Tea tree' (Myrtaceae) This is the Tasmanian form, it has a broader leaf than the more familiar New Zealand forms, dark shiny green with a sharp tip & masses of comparatively large white flowers smother the plant. From damp coastal habitats. Vigorous, tough & showy. 2.5m
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   2L   -   £7.00
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Olearia albida
'Tanguru' (Asteraceae) Very popular in it's native New Zealand as hedging, though a bit too tender away from the western coasts in the UK. It is similar to O. paniculata, though bushier, with a flatter margined dusty pale green leaf, fawn-white beneath. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (9)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.00
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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   -   £7.00
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Olearia cheesemanii
Syn. O. rani hort. (Asteraceae) It would be too hard to find another plant that could reliably cover so much of it's self in flower. In early summer umbels of white daisies smother the plant. Narrow elliptic lanceolate slightly glopssy green evergreen leaves. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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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   1L   -   £7.00
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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 paniculata
'Akiraho' (Asteraceae) Popular in New Zealand for taller hedges in coastal districts, it has attractive mid green wavy leaves with a pale buff underside & a leathery texture. Attractive as a tree with smooth cinnamon bark which peels in long strips. 6m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (9)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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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   -   £7.50
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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 traversii
'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   2L   -   £7.00
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Olearia traversii 'Tweedledum'
(Asteraceae) A variegated form of one of the most wind tolerant trees or large shrubs on the planet. Rounded shiny green opposite leaves with a gold splash in the centre & silver-white underneath, which flutter aspen-like in the breeze. 4m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (9)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Olearia traversii 'Variegata'
(Asteraceae) Upright evergreen coastal large shrub with irregular pale cream variegation. 3m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (9)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Olearia virgata narrower leafed form
(Asteraceae) Upright wiry silky black stems with opposite axils baring clusters of three 2cm long oblanceolate olive green leaves silky silver below. Tiny lightly scented ivory flowers in late summer. Good dense screening plant. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Olearia x capillaris
'(O. arborescens x O. quinquevulnera)' (Asteraceae) Small rounded leaves, white starry flowers in early-mid summer on older plants. Has a distinctive tight divaricating (like a roll of squashed chicken wire) habit which makes it great for a naturally thick small hedge. Most attractive in moderate exposure. 1.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Olearia x scilloniensis
'(O. phlogopappa x O. lirata)' (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   2L   -   £7.00
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thamnus leptophyllus Woolcombe Form
'Silver Cottonwood' (Asteraceae) Evergreen shrub from drier scrubland in New Zealand. Tiny silver-grey leaves and white everlasing type tufty flowers in mid summer. This form has finer, greyer foliage than normal and came from Elizabeth Woolcombe near Golspie, Sutherland. 1m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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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   2L   -   £7.00
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Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius Coastal form
(Asteraceae) Upright evergreen Tasmanian shrub. Differs from the more normal & more adaptable form in having slender shoots with longer, much thinner and greyer foliage and fuller heads of off white flowers though without the rich bud colouration. 2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.00
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Ozothamnus vauvilliersii
Syn. Cassinia vauvilliersii 'Tauhinu' (Asteraceae) Dense small rounded, glossy evergreen leaves & tight heads of white 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 'Margaret Turnbull'
Syn. P. 'John Flanagan' 'Kohuhu' (Pittosporaceae) Bushy small evergreen tree, often clipped into a shrub. Mid green and cream variegated foliage. Small scented maroon flowers hidden in the leaf axils in late spring and early summer. 3m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.50
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Elizabeth'
'Kohuhu' (Pittosporaceae) Bushy small evergreen tree, often clipped into a shrub. pale green and cream variegated foliage with a pink margin and flushing pinke all over in winter. Small scented maroon flowers hidden in the leaf axils in late spring and early summer. 3m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.50
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Tasmaniana lanceolata 'Inverewe Prolific' female
Syn. Drimys l. 'Tasmanian pepper bush (Winteraceae) This is a particularly free-fruiting female form that came from Inverewe Gardens. Cream flowers in spring followed by clusters of two-celled 8mm black fruits by the thousand. A male is also needed for fruits. 2.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.50
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Tasmaniana 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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Tasmaniana lanceolata female
Syn. Drimys l. 'Tasmanian pepper bush (Winteraceae) A neat evergreen shrub with dark green leaves. Cream flowers are borne in spring, black berries follow in late summer. The seeds can be used as a pepper substitute. Unpalatable to browsers. 2.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.00
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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   3L   -   £8.00
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