Gardening Guides

Hints & Tips from Hortlands

Horse Friendly Hedges & Trees

The following plants can produce good hedges in their own right or as creative mixtures:

  • Acer campestre (Field maple)
  • Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam)
  • Corylus avellane (Hazel)
  • Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)
  • Fagus sylvatica (Beech)
  • Griselina littoralis (Kapuka or New Zealand broadleaf)
  • Rosa rugosa (Ramanas rose)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

The following trees create good shelter and shade for horses:

  • Betula pendula (Silver birch)
    Up to 30m tall and 6-8m wide
  • Populus tremula (Aspen)
    Up to 30m tall and 6-10m wide
  • Salix alba (White willow)
    Up to 25m tall and 8-15m wide
  • Tilia x europaea (Common lime)
    Up to 40m tall and 10-15m wide