Guidance - Species Suitability Guide

Species Suitability Guide

The Importance of Location, Use and Soil Type

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It is essential that when choosing your species, attention is given to plant locality, use and soil type. This guide is provided to help you make that choice.

CLAY SOILS
TREES SHRUBS
Acer campestre - Field Maple Berberis thunbergii
Acer platanoides - Norway maple Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'
Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore Cornus - Dogwood (All)
Aesculus hippocastanum - Horse chestnut Corylus avellana - Hazel
Alnus cordata - Italian alder Cotoneaster franchetii
Alnus glutinosa - Common alder Cotoneaster simonsii
Alnus incana - Grey alder Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn
Betula pendula - Silver birch Lonicera ntidia - Boxleaf honeysuckle
Betula pubescens - Downy birch Lonicera pileata - Privet honeysuckle
Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam Prunus laurocerasus - Common laurel
Fraxinus excelsior - Ash Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn
Ilex aquifolium - Holly Rosa - Rose (All)
Malus sylvestris - Crab apple Symphoricarpos albus - Snowberry
Populus - Poplar (All) Viburnum lantana - Wayfaring tree
Prunus avium - Wild cherry Viburnum opulus - Guelder rose
Prunus cerasifera - Cherry plum
Prunus padus - Bird cherry
Quercus petraea - Sessile oak
Quercus robur - English oak
Quercus rubra - Red oak
Salix - Willow (All)
Sorbus aria - Whitebeam
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan
Tilia cordata - Small leaved lime
Tilia platyphyllos - Large leaved lime
Abies nordmanniana - Caucasian fir
Abie procera - Noble fir
Larix - Larch (All)
Pinus - Pine (All)
Taxus baccata - English yew
LIGHT SOILS
TREES SHRUBS
Acer campestre - Field Maple Cornus sanguinea - Common dogwood
Betula pendula - Silver birch Corylus avellana - Hazel
Betula pubescens - Downy birch Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn
Castanea sativa - Sweet chestnut Euonymus europaeus - Spindleberry
Fraxinus excelsior - Ash Ligustrum vulgare - Common privet
Ilex aquifolium - Holly Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn
Juglans regia - Walnut Rhamnus frangula - Alder buckthorn
Malus sylvestris - Crab apple Rosa canina - Dog rose
Populus tremula - Aspen Viburnum lantana - Wayfaring tree
Quercus petraea - Sessile oak
Sorbus aria - Whitebeam
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan
Larix decidua - European larch
Pinus - Pine (All)
Taxus baccata - English yew
CHALK SOILS
TREES SHRUBS
Acer campestre - Field Maple Berberis (All)
Acer platanoides - Norway maple Buxus sempevirens - Common box
Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore Cotoneaster (All)
Aesculus hippocastanum - Horse chestnut Euonymus europaeus - Spindleberry
Betula pendula - Silver birch Ligustrum vulgare - Common privet
Betula pubescens - Downy birch Lonicera nitida - Boxleaf honeysuckle
Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam Lonicera pileata - Privet honeysuckle
Fagus sylvatica - Beech Symphoricarpos albus - Snowberry
Fraxinus excelsior - Ash
Ilex aquifolium - Holly
Malus sylvestris - Crab apple
Populus alba - White poplar
Sorbus aria - Whitebeam
Tilia cordata - Small leaved lime
Tilia platyphyllos - Large leaved lime
Ulmus glabra - Wych elm
Pinus nigra - Austrian pine
Taxus baccata - English yew
WET SOILS
TREES SHRUBS
Alnus cordata - Italian alder Cornus alba - Red barked dogwood
Alnus glutinosa - Common alder Corylus avellana - Hazel
Alnus incana - Grey alder Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn
Betula pendula - Silver birch Hippophae ramnoides - Sea buckthorn
Betula pubescens - Downy birch Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn
Fraxinus excelsior - Ash Salix caprea - Goat willow
Populus - Poplar (All) Symphoricarpos albus - Snowberry
Quercus robur - English oak Viburnum opulus - Guelder rose
Salix - Willow (All)
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan
Picea sitchensis - Sitka spruce
COASTAL SITES
TREES SHRUBS
Acer platanoides - Norway maple Cotoneaster franchetii
Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore Cotoneaster simonsii
Castanea sativa - Sweet chestnut Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn
Fraxinus excelsior - Ash Hippophae ramnoides - Sea buckthorn
Ilex aquifolium - Holly Lonicera pileata - Pivet honeysuckle
Populus alba - White poplar Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn
Populus canescens - Grey poplar Rosa - Rose (Many)
Populus nigra 'Italica' - Lombardy poplar Salix cinerea - Grey willow
Populus tremula - Aspen Salix purpurea - Purple osier
Quercus petraea - Sessile oak Salix viminalis - Common osier
Quercus robur - English oak Viburnum lantana - Wayfaring tree
Salix - Willow (Most) Viburnum opulus - Guelder rose
Sorbus aria - Whitebeam
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan
Ulmus glabra - Wych elm
Pinus nigra - Austrian pine
Pinus nigra maritima - Corsican pine
EXPOSED SITES
TREES SHRUBS
Acer campestre - Field maple Cornus alba - Red barked dogwood
Acer platanoides - Norway maple Corylus avellana - Hazel
Betula pendula - Silver birch Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn
Betula pubescens - Downy birch Hippophae ramnoides - Sea buckthorn
Fagus sylvatica - Beech Ligustrum vulgare - Common privet
Fraxinus excelsior - Ash Lonicera pileata - Privet honeysuckle
Populus tremula - Aspen Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn
Prunus avium - Wild cherry Rosa canina - Dog rose
Quercus robur - English oak Salix cinerea - Grey willow
Sorbus aria - Whitebeam Salix purpurea - Purple osier
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan Salix viminalis - Common osier
Tilia cordata - Small leaved lime Viburnum opulus - Guelder rose
Ulmus glabra - Wych elm
Larix decidua - European larch
Picea abies - Norway spruce
Pinus nigra - Austrian pine
Pinus nigra maritima - Corsican pine
Pinus sylvestris - Scots pine
Taxus baccata - English yew
FAST GROWING
TREES SHRUBS
Acer platanoides - Norway maple Berberis (All)
Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore Cornus - Dogwood (All)
Betula pendula - Silver birch Hippophae ramnoides - Sea buckthorn
Betula pubescens - Downy birch Prunus laurocerasus - Common laurel
Populus - Poplar (All) Salix cinera - Grey willow
Quercus rubra - Red oak Salix purpurea- Purple osier
Salix Willow (All) Salix viminalis - Common osier
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana - Lawson cypress Viburnum opulus - Guelder rose
Picea abies - Norway spruce
Picea omorika - Serbian spurce
Picea sitchensis - Sitka spruce
Pinus nigra - Austrian pine
Pinus sylvestris - Scots pine
Pseudotsuga menziesii - Douglas fir