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Re: Drought tolerant windbreak

Subject: Re: Drought tolerant windbreak
From: Simon Pryce Arboriculture
Date: Aug 23 2006 19:25:13
Bill's comments about cultivated -v- wild birch make sense, although most of the places it's a pioneer species tend to have reasonably high rainfall and light soils. Most of southern England isn't ideal, lot of heavy clay soil and low - ish rainfall, so its not surprising that lot of them turn their toes up in dry weather.

Digressing slightly they can make a fairly dense medium height screen [there's an excellent one outside Tate Modern - they must have planted them inches apart - pic here http://www.gardenvisit.com/landscape/london/lguide/tate-modern-waterfront.htm ] However they can't stand shade to they won't survive as under storey unless the larger trees are so wide apart they won't function as a wind break.

Hope this isn't adding to the confusion - the best bit of advice is probably to see what works best in your area and go with that.

Simon


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