Trees for planting by the sea

If you’re lucky enough to live within a stone’s throw of the sea, you may enjoy coastal views from the comfort of your home, but your trees will have to directly face up to brisk breezes and salty winds. Many plants can suffer under these conditions, but there is a good selection of trees and shrubs that will cope with the onslaught and provide shelter for the rest of your garden. If you need something tough, choose from this list!


Small-medium trees & shrubs

  • Crataegus varieties (eg. hawthorn, frosted thorn)
  • Elaeagnus x ebbingei (Oleaster)
  • Euonymus japonicus (Japanese spindle)
  • Juniperus scopularum Blue Arrow/Sky Rocket (Blue Pencil juniper)
  • Pyrus salicifolia Pendula (Weeping pear)
  • Salix caprea (pussy willow)
  • Sorbus intermedia (Swedish whitebeam)


Large trees

  • Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore)
  • Alnus glutinosa (common alder)
  • Carpinus betulus (hornbeam)
  • Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey cypress)
  • Pinus pinea (stone pine)
  • Pinus radiata (Monterey pine)
  • Populus alba (White poplar)
  • Populus tremula (Aspen)
  • Quercus ilex (holm oak)
  • Salix alba (white willow)
  • Sorbus aria (whitebeam)
  • Thuja plicata (western red cedar)


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