British Trees & Shrubs

As a rule of thumb the longer a tree or shrub 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, largely 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 which trees and shrubs are 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 by British nurseries from British stock.

You will find our section on tree sizes and how to plant your tree or shrub whips helpful, in addition to the resources below.

Tree and Shrub Advice & Guides

Thoughts on tree planting
Some does and don'ts about planting new woodland and plantations

What sort of hedge should I plant, and how should I do it?
Why and how to grow a native hedge

Annual hedge management
Managing your hedge for wildlife

Planting bare root trees (Video)
Our video guide on how to plant your new bare root tree and shrub plants