Posted: 14/06/2015 at 10:18
You don't have much luck with those Bird Cherries Nut.
A shady hedge, I'd go for Yew, it is fairly slow growing but worth it. I have used Yew for the same reason. I've also got some Hornbeam but it isn't doing as well as I'd hoped so I've taken loads of Yew cuttings to 'replace' it. I'll under plant, I took semi-ripe cuttings in Summer/Autumn last year. They're all showing signs of growth, I don't think any one died. Yew's not cheap so I'll do more this year if I don't get enough. Beech is okay but in a shady place it won't be a very dense hedge and you have to get Beech fairly small Beech because they don't transplant very well unless you nurse them like a baby if you have dry shade especially. But it is a lovely hedge. I bought 6 x 2 meter bare root Beech a couple of years ago for a section of the hedge that needed replacing. It is very shady and dry, I lost more than half. I was stupid and greedy because I knew the risks and thought I was watering enough to compensate but I still lost half and I think only one has done well.