hornbeam vs beech

brendan Callan asked 11 years ago

My escallonia hedge appears to have been killed by the severe winter and i am considering replacing it with something more hardy like hornbeam. Has it any advantages/disadvantages verses beech.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Hornbeam is very robust and can tolerate heavy soil that beech does not like. It holds its withered leaves to some extent but not as well as beech, but it makes a fine hedge.

Beech is better, and hardy, if the soil is well drained.