How will my tree grow?
Listed below are the six tree types that were available from the Tree O'Clock give-away schemes in November 2009.
Scroll down (or click the names) for notes and advice on your tree's growth and care.
The British Trees - Tree guide can help you identify these and other types of tree.
Field maple - Acer campestre
- A small tree which if left to grow will reach a height of 85ft (26m).
- Makes an excellent dense deciduous hedge if regularly clipped. Trim in July.
- Prefers sun or partial shade.
- The leaves turn yellow and flush red in the Autumn.
Silver birch - Betula pendula
- It grows to around 60ft (20m).
- It grows well on light, relatively infertile ground containing sand and gravels.
- Its elegant drooping branches and attractive silvery white bark, coupled with its relatively small size even when mature, means that it is commonly planted in town gardens.
Hazel - Corylus avellana
- It grows to around 30ft (9m).
- It can make a strong dense hedge if cut and laid, and makes an ideal hedge if interplanted with thorns and then laid.
- It is traditionally used for hurdles, basketwork and occasionally for walking sticks.
- The nuts are edible and are eagerly sought after by many forms of wildlife.
Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna
- It grows to around 45ft (14m) if left untrimmed.
- Also known as Quickthorn, Quick, or Maythorn it is the commonest hedgerow plant, forming a dense impenetrable hedge.
- Its white flowers appear from May onwards with the characteristic red berries (Haws) providing feed for birds in autumn and early winter.
Wild cherry - Prunus avium
- Maximum height 60ft (20m).
- The small red berries, whilst not poisonous, are not edible.
- They will however provide a feast for birds in early summer.
Rowan (mountain ash) - Sorbus aucuparia
- Normally forming a multi-stemmed shrubby tree, it can grow up to 65ft (20m).
- It forms an attractive tree with white flowers, bright red berries and a delicate leaf form.
- In the past planted to protect farm cottages from itinerant witches, it can still be seen around many farmyards.
- Do not eat the berries without cooking them. They can be made into a jelly, high in vitamin C.