The right tree, in the right place

Trees are great, and we need to be planting more.  However, too often, what we plant doesn’t produce the long-lasting specimen trees we wish for: trees die, get too big, or have limited impact.  Part of the problem is that we often don’t plant trees suited to their setting.  This is the principle of Right Tree Right Place. Get it right and there are good results. In the coming months, we’ll be exploring how to get the Right Tree for the setting. This edition asks what is the FUTURE USE?


When choosing trees for a setting, think about not just future use of the site but how the individual trees will fit in.


Some trees will remain smaller whilst others can become substantial.

For example, it is not uncommon to have Oak and Field maple, both native trees, included in a woodland or hedgerow planting mix which can be used for screening an eyesore or providing privacy.  Both are good hedgerow trees.

However, Field Maple typically grows to 4-6 metres in height and spread whereas oak can reach 20 metres in height and spread.  Choosing trees that need space to grow can result in them becoming crowded, tall and etiolated.

Some trees are specifically suited to providing screening, and others are good as individual specimen trees.  With the right choice, a good outcome is more likely.

Unwise choice for screening leads to overcrowding

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