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Checklist of plants suitable for hedging and windbreaks: C

Botanical name Common name Deciduous/ Evergreen Height Growth rate Hardiness Wind Notes
Caesalpinia decapetala   D M S 8   Sheltered sunny position in well drained soil. Tannin, medicinal.
Callistemon citrinus Bottlebrush E M M 9   Sheltered position. Tea. Tan & cinnamon dyes. C.sieberi & C.viridiflorus can also be used.
Calluna vulgaris Ling E S S 4   Dry acid soil, sunny position. Basketry, thatching, brooms, yellow dye, tea, medicinal, fuel.
Caragana arborescens Siberian pea shrub D M-T M 2   Sunny position, well drained soil. Edible seed and young pods cooked. Erosion control, dye.
Caragana brevispina   D M M 6   Sunny position, well drained soil. Edible seed, cooked. Erosion control.
Carpinus betulus Hornbeam D M-T M 5   Most soils. Yellow dye, medicinal.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Blueblossom E M-T F 8 M Sunny position. Slow to establish. Soap from flowers, green dye.
Cedrus libani atlantica Atlas cedar E T M 5   Most soils. Medicinal.
Celastrus orbiculatus Bittersweet D T M 4   Deep rich loamy soil. Edible young leaves-cooked. Medicinal.
Chaenomeles speciosa Japanese quince D M M 5   Most soils, sun or semi shade. Edible fruit. Medicinal.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Lawsons Cypress E T F 6 W Most soils. Resin
Choisya ternata Mexican orange D M-T M 7   Light soils.
Colletia armata   D M-T S 8 M Sandy well drained soil, sun or light shade.
Cornus mas Cornelian cherry D T M 5   Most soils sunny position. Edible fruit. Oil, dye.
Cornus sanguinea Dogwood D M-T M 5   Most soils. Oil, basketry, grey-blue dye. The fruit is said to be edible but you are welcome to it!
Corokia x.virgata   E M-T M 8   Most soils, well drained.
Corylus avellana Hazel nut D M-T M 4   Most soils. Edible seed, oil. Basketry, wood polish, hurdles. Named varieties can also be used.
Corylus maxima Filbert D M-T M 4   As above.
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster E M-T M 5-7   Most soils. Several species can be used inc;- C."Cornubia", C.divaricatus, C.franchetii, C.frigidus, C.glaucophyllus, C.lacteus, C.simonsii & C.wardii.
Crataegus monogyna Hawthorn D M-T M-F 5 M Most soils. Edible fruit, young shoots. Tea, coffee, medicinal. Also C.laevigata, C.mollis, C.sanguinea, & C.submollis.
Cupressocyparis leylandii Leyland cypress E T F 7 M Most soils.
Cupressus macrocarpa Monterey cypress E T F 8 M Most soils but not shallow.Var."Lutea" is hardier.

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.


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