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Hedging

Hedging is an important component of any garden providing strength and structure to the design while also providing for screen planting. At Nangle & Niesen we help you to make an informed decision for your hedging based on soil type, aspect, height, availability and design requirements.

Whether you are seeking an evergreen hedge for screen planting or the seasonal interest of a deciduous hedge we can offer everything from bare root transplants to 2M+ root-balled or container grown instant hedging. We grow and supply for private and commercial customers across Ireland and the UK and are happy to offer practical advice to ensure you choose the right hedging plants for your screen planting requirements.

Feel free to browse through our stock, we are always happy to talk about our trees. Visits to the nursery are welcome by appointment and are a great way to experience our trees for yourself.


  • "Acer campestre is a small to medium tree of rounded form. In autumn its leaves turn not just clear yellow, but also red and golden brown. Doing best in rich, well drained soils, Acer campestre is equally at home in virtually any soil type, and will readily tolerate drought, soil compaction and air pollution. A versatile, resilient and attractive species with a wide range of uses, it is available as multi-stem and single stem. Field maple also makes an excellent hedgerow plant as it is very wildlife friendly and it can cope well with rough pruning during the dormant season to keep the hedge to shape."
  • "Alnus glutinosa (Common Alder) is a medium sized tree which has a conical growth habit and produces yellow catkins in March. Its natural habitat is boggy land and river banks. However it is also very good for urban plantings as it thrives in all soils and tolerates air pollution. It is available as both multi-stemmed and as a single stem. Alnus glutinosa is a wonderful host to a wide range of wildlife. It is a very useful tree where the ground is liable to flood and can survive many weeks with its roots under water."
  • "Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) is wonderful in a parkland setting, growing in groups and is ideal for pleaching. It is a large tree with with a characteristic grey fluted trunk and ovate, ribbed and serrated leaves which turn a lovely clear yellow in autumn. It grows well on most soils, including clay and chalk. It is a useful tree for poor planting conditions and will do well as a street tree and in urban settings."
  • "Corylus avellana is a small tree with a rounded habit which looks particularly striking in the early spring when it is adorned with its long yellow lambs tail catkins. It is a very good choice for gardens, parks and woodlands. As well as in single stem form, it can be supplied as a multi-stemmed coppiced specimen that makes a great under plant for a woodland or instant infill within a hedgerow."
  • "Crataegus monogyna are deciduous trees and shrubs, usually with spiny branches, lobed or toothed leaves, and clusters of creamy white flowers followed by red or black fruits. The berries are of particular high ecological value which provide nutrition for many small mammals and birds. The Crataegus monogyna which is native to Ireland, is a small, rounded deciduous tree with deeply lobed green leaves and thorny stems. Flat sprays of fragrant cream flowers appear in late spring, followed by greenish berries or haws which ripen to red up to September and are held on the trees well into winter. The bark is a greyish dark brown which in older specimens becomes cracks into thin rectangular plates."
  • "Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech) is one of the most majestic of our trees and can become very large with its low branched habit. It has a wide range of uses in woodland, parkland and in broad verge plantings and few trees can surpass its rich, copper autumn foliage. Beech thrives just about anywhere other than exposed and coastal locations. As it is shallow rooted, under planting is not recommended. It does well in most reasonably fertile, well drained soils, except heavy clay or light sand. Tending to favour more temperate climates, Fagus sylvatica is difficult to establish when faced with extreme heat and drought. With this in mind avoid planting in paved or tarmac areas where reflected heat and light makes Beech suffer."
  • "Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea (Purple Beech) is a superb tree for creating contrast in a parkland or large gardens as the darkness of the foliage draws the eye through the landscape. Being a cultivar, Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea has a much deeper leaf and is a tree of great beauty and majesty. It makes a magnificent subject planted as a specimen in parks and large estates. Beech thrives just about anywhere other than exposed and coastal locations. As it is shallow rooted, under planting is not recommended. It does well in most reasonably fertile, well drained soil, except heavy clay or light sand."
  • "Fagus sylvativa Atropurpurea (Copper Beech) root ball hedging in ready formed hedging elements for an instant Impact. Our hedging elements are grown in the field rather than in troughs. This makes them more versatile and means they can be planted together to create a screening effect or alone as a specimen adding structure and form within an overall garden design."
  • "Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech) root ball hedging in ready formed hedging elements for an instant Impact. Our hedging elements are grown in the field rather than in troughs. This makes them more versatile and means they can be planted together to create a screening effect or alone as a specimen adding structure and form within an overall garden design."
  • "Ilex x aquipernyi Dragon Lady is a hybrid between Ilex aquifolium and Ilex pernyi. The cultivar grows as an upright, symmetrical, very narrow pyramid. Spiny, evergreen, dark green leaves are attractive year round. Scarlet fruits mature in autumn and remain on the plant through winter. As this is a female plant, if fruits are desired a male nearby clone is required. Hardy."
  • "Quercus ilex (Holm Oak) is a variety of evergreen oak, growing to approximately 20-25m in height. Its tolerance of many growing conditions and pollution make it a very versatile plant, often used in urban and coastal settings. Alternatively it can be used for hedging, windbreaks and topiary. Left to grow on its own, it will become a large, structural tree with a rounded crown. Catkins appear in the Spring, followed by small acorns which will mature the same year. The leaves of Quercus ilex are dark green and leathery with a whitish underside. Often the lower leaves are spiny, giving a resemblance to the Common Holly, which is also where the name comes from. It is thought that it may have developed this characteristic to prevent grazing by animals. Native to the Mediterranean region and is often found growing on its own or with Cedrus atlantica in the Moroccan Atlas mountains."
  • "Taxus baccata, known as English Yew, is a versatile evergreen native tree that is often grown as a hedge. Incredibly long lived, it is often associated with churchyard planting and rejuvenates itself remarkably well if pruned hard in the early spring. It is worth noting that every part of Yew is poisonous, apart from the red flesh of the berry female plants produce, to humans and animals. It is a common misconception that the entire berry is poisonous however, that said, we would still not advise you to eat them! Like most evergreens it is not tolerant of waterlogged soils and thrives best on free draining lighter land."

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