At present we have, 42 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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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   -   £7.00
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Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea
(Berberidaceae) Well known purple-leaved deciduous dense spiny shrub with red autumn colour and yellow flowers in early spring. A versatile plant popular for suburban hedges and in many tough places. 1.75m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (6)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea 'Superba'
(Berberidaceae) Rounded vigorous deciduous bush with red-purple leaves colouring crimson in autumn & clusters of golden yellow flowers in spring. 1.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (6)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.00
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Brachyglottis 'Drysdale'
Syn. Senecio 'D.' (Asteraceae) A neat form of the well known Dunedin Hybrids. Masses of yellow daisies in summer above grey-green, white-backed leaves. Has a tighter habit & a more crinkly leaf than the better known B. 'Sunshine'. 1m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (7)
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   -   £7.00
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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   -   £7.00
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Corokia x virgata 'Frosted Chocolate'
(Escalloniaceae) 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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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 '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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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 x franciscana 'Lobelioides'
Syn. Hebe x f. 'Blue Gem' (Plantaginaceae) Commonly known as 'Blue Gem', this frost tender Hebe more than any other is used as low hedging on the Islands. Forms a dome of tightly arranged rounded apple green leaves topped by short, fat spikes of violet-blue flowers for months on end. 1.5m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (9)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.00
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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   3L   -   £8.50
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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   3L   -   £8.50
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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   3L   -   £8.00
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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   3L   -   £8.00
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Olearia lineata 'Dartonii' x traversii
(Asteraceae) Hybrid seedling found by Will Sous of Dundonnell Gardens. Both parents are brillant, quick growing upright shrubs for exposed coastal gardens. Narrow dark green foliage, small insignificant off-white flowers in mid summer. 3m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (8)
Shrub   3L   -   £8.50
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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 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   -   £7.00
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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   3L   -   £8.00
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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 x oleifolia 'Oleifolia'
Syn. O. 'Waikariensis' misapp. (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   -   £7.00
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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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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   1L   -   £4.25
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Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'
(Rosaceae) Very tough deciduous shrub with masses of pure white flowers from May to September. 1.2m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (5)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.00
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Spiraea 'Arguta'
'Bridal wreath' / 'Foam of May' (Rosaceae) An old seaside garden favourite, narrow pale green deciduous leaves & masses of crowded small white flowers in late April & May. 1.4m
Cultural preferences:
HZ (6)
Shrub   2L   -   £7.00
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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   -   £7.00
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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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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   -   £7.00
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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   2L   -   £7.00
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