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Trees for exposed conditions, near house, on clay.

Hi, Can anyone recommend trees suitable for very exposed (moorland type) conditions that can be grown about six meters from the house in clay (on granite deep down) please? I'm leaning towards deciduous but could be persuaded possibly. Many thanks in advance!


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    be very careful planting trees 6M from your house. Think about the roots.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458
    Silver Birch.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • BexRBexR Posts: 3
    Hi all, thanks for the suggestions. I am concerned about roots.

    Would the trees you suggest Tetley all be safe near the house and potentially drains? Haven't come across Amelanchier before!

    Birch was high on my list of possibles Redwing, am I right in thinking downy birch might be best suited in terms of hardiness do you know?

    Thanks again all!
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Birch was one of the first trees to appear after the last ice age and will grow in almost any conditions.  The canopy is also light so if the area is south-facing then it won't cast much shade in years to come.  As you mentioned moorland, the soil may be acidic and that would suit the Amelanchier which I would definitely recommend trying.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458
    Bex: I would go for Silver Birch. Although they can get big eventually, their roots are relatively noninvasive. I looked it up once because I wanted to plant one near a house and the recommendation was not closer than 8 M. As a bonus all of the recommended trees so far are all good for wildlife too.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    rather like that amelanchier leimageaerkii

  • BexRBexR Posts: 3
    Thanks all, really helpful image
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