Shrub and tree gallery

Below you’ll find a list of species you can encounter in Devon Hedges followed by images. Click on the images to view them in a slideshow.

Frequent species in Devon Hedges:

Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
Birch, downy (Betula pubescens)
Birch, silver (Betula pendula)
Black bryony (Tamus communis) – not a woody plant
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg) – not a woody plant
Crab apple (Malus sylvestris)
Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)
Elder (Sambucus nigra)
Elm (Ulmus sp.) – If possible to distinguish species, count separately
Field maple (Acer campestre)
Gorse (Ulex sp) – If possible to distinguish species, count separately
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Hazel (Corylus avellana)
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) – not a woody plant
Ivy (Hedera helix) – not a woody plant
English (Pedunculate) Oak (Quercus robur)
Rose, dog- (Rosa canina) – If possible to identify other rose species, count these separately
Rose, field- (Rosa arvensis)
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) – Count only red-berried rowans
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Willow (Salix sp.) – Lump all willow species, ignoring any obvious introductions

Less common species in Devon Hedges:

Alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus)
Alder, common (Alnus glutinosa) – Be careful to distinguish from introduced grey alder (A. incana)
Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus)
Privet, wild (Ligustrum vulgare) – Garden privet (L. ovalifolium) does not count
Sessile oak (Quercus petraea) – Hybridises with English Oak
Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)
Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Traveller’s-joy (Clematis vitalba) – not a woody plant
Wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana)
Wych elm (Ulmus glabra)

Uncommon species in Devon Hedges:

Aspen (Populus tremula)
Black currant (Ribes nigrum) – Ignore obvious garden escapes
Black poplar (Populus nigra) – Doubtfully native in Devon
Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
Cherry, wild (Prunus avium) – Also known as gean
Devonian whitebeam (French Hales) (Sorbus devoniensis) – A rare and special tree
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) -Doubtfully native in Devon
Lime (Tilia sp.) – If possible to distinguish species, count separately
Pear, wild (Pyrus pyraster) – Doubtfully native in Devon
Plum, bullace, etc (Prunus domestica)
Plymouth pear (Pyrus cordata) – A very rare protected tree
Buckthorn – Common or Purging (Rhamnus cathartica) – Only native in limestone or chalk areas
Red currant (Ribes rubrum) – Ignore obvious garden escapes
Scot’s pine
Whitebeam (Sorbus aria) – Only native in limestone or chalk areas
White bryony
White poplar
Wild Service (Sorbus torminalis)
Yew (Taxus baccata) – Probably does not occur naturally in Devon

Historic Images

Please see History for an archive of 52 old images showing hedges in Devon, mainly photographs but including a few paintings.