Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks.
This page list around 200 plants which can be used for hedges and windbreaks, a related page list plants suitable for shelterbelts (In general shelterbelts are wider consisting of three or more rows of trees and shrubs). We have divided this up into sub-pages for easier browsing. You might also like to look at the Hedges and their Use page which discusses some of the most interesting plants.
All these files uses tables. If you can't use tables or want to import the informion into a database then you may find the Plain Text file of use.
The old version of this page where all the plants are listed in one very long page is also avaliable, this might be useful for searching.
D = Deciduous E = Evergreen
Height:- S = Small (to 4ft for hedges, 20ft for trees.) M = Medium (to 6ft for hedges, 50ft for trees.) T = Tall (over 6ft for hedges, over 50ft for trees.)
Rate of Growth:- S = Slow M = Medium F = Fast
Wind Resistance:- W = tolerates Windy sites M = tolerates Maritime exposure
Hardiness zones 1(hardiest) to 10:- most of Britain is in zone 7 or 8 with some upland and northern areas being colder whilst western and southern coastal areas are milder.