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Bare-rooted trees do appear dead until the buds swell, and they sprout leaves. You wouldn't expect to see anything at all happening throughout the Winter.Different species of tree will come into leaf at different times.If other hazel and beech trees in your vicinity are in leaf, and yours are not, then that might be ominous. Otherwise its worth waiting a bit.I'm in Warwickshire and a number of trees have still not yet come into leaf, although the buds are swelling. If you scratch one of the branches (with your thumbnail) and the tree is alive then the branch should appear green just beneath the bark.
Hello again, Louise. Beech hedges should be starting to move around about now, so it's not too late yet.
Cherry - that wants to be pruned in summer, so June-August, and make sure that the weather is dry at the time. Take off about a max of a third of the height of your plants in the first year.