Woodlands, hedgerows, road verges, railway banks. An important component of many semi-natural woodlands in the county and particularly characteristic of those on base rich soils. The commonest hedgerow tree across much of Durham.
Will grow on a broad range of sites, although preferring neutral to alkaline soils. Tolerates some exposure. Light demanding. For timber production well drained fertile soils and sheltered sites are required.
A useful forest tree capable of producing versatile good quality timber on better sites. Suitable for general planting throughout the county as a woodland and hedgerow tree, particularly on base rich soils.
Existing populations are largely wild. Has been widely planted in the past as a timber and field tree but probably often with local plant material. Use plants of local provenance or FC seed zones 302 & 204. Where the production of quality timber is an aim use plants of FC certified stock.
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