Coppicing is a pruning technique where a tree or shrub is cut to ground level, resulting in regeneration of new stems from the base. It is commonly used for rejuvenating and renovating old shrubs.We may think that to get timber from a tree it must be cut down.

With conifer trees  when they are cut down the tree dies . This is because a conifer grows only from a single growing point.

However most of the broadleaved trees, like oak, hazel, ash, willow and lime, which naturally grow in this country (native trees) do not die when cut down.

The stump of the tree is still alive and will send up new shoots. These replace the trunk cut down with several smaller trunks. This is called coppicing.




These are a few of the plants suitable for coppicing:


Acer pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum'

Beech (Fagus sylvatica AGM)

Dogwoods (Cornus), including Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, C. sericea ‘Flaviramea’ AGM and C. alba ‘Elegantissima’ AGM

Elder (Sambucus)

Foxglove tree (Paulownia)

Gum (Eucalyptus gunnii AGM)

Hazel (Corylus)

Hornbeam (Carpinus)

Indian bean tree (Catalpa)

Judas tree (Cercis)

Lime (Tilia)

Ornamental bramble (Rubus cockburnianus)

Smoke bush (Cotinus)

Toona sinensis ‘Flamingo’

Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Willows (Salix), including Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Britzensis’ AGM, S. viminalis and S. daphnoides

Yew (Taxus)