British Trees & Shrubs

As a rule of thumb the longer a tree has been here, the more species are dependent on it - which is why native British trees are so important in supporting biodiversity in the UK. Before early Iron Age clearances the dominant habitat here was wildwood, which by around 1200 had become much reduced woodland, much of it intensively but sympathetically managed in a familiar rural landscape (for the best account read Oliver Rackham's Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape). Over more recent history different native British tree species have become threatened as ancient woodland continues to come under pressure from development and disease.

Although we’ve suggested what grows best where, look around your area to see what’s growing well before buying - practice often contradicts theory.

We sell all British native trees and shrubs, which are listed below. In addition to smaller sized trees we also offer many species as standards. They are all grown at British nurseries from British stock.

You might find our section on tree sizes and how to plant your tree or hedge whips helpful.